He Saw His Dad Murdered. Days Later, He Disappeared

Teen's mom has been charged in father's death
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2018 4:29 AM CDT
FBI Seeks Teen After Dad Killed, Mom Charged
Jacob Caldwell.   (FBI)

He's 14 years old, he saw his father murdered last summer, his mother has now been charged with the crime—and the FBI wants to know where he is. Jacob Caldwell and his two siblings saw father Robert Caldwell shot to death in a parking lot in Riverside, Ohio, in August of last year, People reports. Authorities say that six days later, on Aug. 21, the teen's grandmother went to check on him at night and discovered he was missing. The FBI, which is offering a $15,000 reward for information on the teen, believes he may now be out of Ohio and living under a new identity, the Dayton Daily News reports.

The FBI's plea for information came as Jacob's mother and five other people were indicted in connection with the murder, reports the Journal-News. Mother Tawnney Caldwell, 33, Caldwell's ex-wife, has been charged with murder, as has 34-year-old Sterling Roberts, who is accused of cyberstalking Robert Caldwell in the days before the murder. Prosecutors say both are eligible for the death penalty. Four others named in the indictment are accused of crimes including conspiring to intimidate witnesses and aiding and abetting illegal gun possession. Police say Tawnney Caldwell has not cooperated in the search for her son and they believe somebody is helping to hide him. (Read more FBI stories.)

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