Jacob Caldwell

FBI offering $15K for information on missing boy who saw father killed in front of him

The FBI continues to search for a 14-year-old boy who disappeared last year after witnessing his father’s fatal shooting.

ABC22 reports that the FBI has increased its reward money to $15,000, for information that leads to whereabouts of Jacob Lee Caldwell. In August 2017, Jacob witnessed the fatal shooting of his father, Robert Caldwell, in a parking lot in Riverside. The child’s mother, Tawnney Caldwell, is behind bars, indicted in connection with Robert Caldwell’s death.

According to the FBI, Jacob may not be in Ohio anymore. He also may have a completely different appearance. He vanished from Sugarcreek Township on August 21.

Robert Caldwell was granted custody of Jacob and his brothers just days before the fatal shooting. Authorities obtained surveillance footage from a local Walmart that showed the boy walk outside of the store on August 21.

“We did see him in front of the Walmart, walking around. It gives us an impression that he was waiting for a ride,” Chief Michael Brown of the Sugarcreek Township Police told WDTN.

Brown also indicated that the boy’s mother has been uncooperative in assisting authorities with Jacob’s disappearance.

“I could not even count how many times we have reached out to her in terms of phone calls and as far as visiting her house in the area,” Brown said last year.

The mother remains behind bars for the murder of Robert Caldwell, but hasn’t been charged in connection with Jacob’s disappearance. Five other people were also indicted for the Robert Caldwell’s murder.

Jacob is described as 5-feet-2 inches tall and weighs around 100 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information Jacob’s whereabouts is urged to contact  Sugarcreek Township Police at 937-310-3200 or the FBI at 513-421-4310.

[Feature Photo: Jacob Caldwell/FBI]