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Missing Missouri 6-year-old found hidden in attic; mother in custody

LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. — A 6-year-old Bourbon boy, missing since August 2018, was found alive Tuesday hidden in an attic in Laclede County in southwest Missouri. Braedence Jones had been missing for 5-months. The missing boy’s mother has been taken into police custody.

Braedence Jones was not returned from his mother to his father, Ryan Jones, during a visit to Camden County on August 3, 2018. The Missouri State Highway Patrol then issued an endangered person advisory in October.

Braedence’s mother, Aubrey Ferguson, was wanted for felony child abduction. She was on the run from authorities.

Braedence was found Tuesday hidden in an attic after officers executed a search warrant at a home on Highway N at around 4:30pm in Laclede County on January 8, 2019.  They were acting on a tip from United States Marshals Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Aubrey Ferguson and Woodrow Ziegler

The task force was working with the Camden County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies.  Sightings of the suspects were reported in the City of Stoutland and Laclede County.

Ferguson and her boyfriend, Woodrow Ziegler, another suspect in the case, have been placed under arrest. They were found in an attic crawl space that had been nailed shut and hidden.  Ferguson was with the child in the crawl space when discovered.

Ziegler is a felon and was court-ordered to not be around Braedence. He is one of the reasons an endangered person advisory was issued by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Ferguson and her son went missing in Camden County and were found in Laclede County. Investigators say she refused to bring their son back to his father. The two share custody but he lives with Ryan Jones. The Missouri Highway Patrol has now canceled their endangered person advisory.

Ferguson is being held on a warrant for child abduction out of Camden County as well as a Capius Warrant out of Crawford County. Additional charges are being sought out of Laclede and possibly Camden Counties.

On Tuesday evening, Jones’ girlfriend Breanne Dominguez posted a series of Facebook posts showing Braedence reunited with his father.

“OUR LITTLE BOY IS HOME. GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!!!!💜 Thank you all for the prayers, shared, phone calls and etc. we don’t know how to thank everyone enough. Our hearts are so full of joy atm. Just thank you everyone…” writes Breanne Marie Dominguez in a Facebook post.