Up to 50 volunteers are needed to lead the largest search yet for the body of Joe Clyde Daniels, according to the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office is asking that the group of 30 to 50 volunteers have emergency services background and be physically capable of leading a larger group of volunteers in searching the Tennessee City area on mixed terrain, officials said.
The volunteer meeting is Saturday 3 p.m. at the Freed-Hardeman Renaissance Center facility in Room 105. Team leader candidates will then be briefed on the search plan and vetted during the following week.
A week later, a second meeting will take place May 19 for community volunteers who will be led by the team leaders.
Joe Clyde Daniels case gripped Dickson community
Joe Clyde Daniels, 5, who had autism and was nonverbal, went missing April 4 morning, his dad said. Hundreds of citizens and law enforcement searched through fields of brambles and climbed over barbed-wire fences looking for him.
On day four, though, his father, Joseph Ray Daniels, told investigators he beat the boy to death, put Joe Clyde's body in the trunk of his car and disposed of the remains in a "remote area," according to court documents. Authorities still have not recovered the boy's remains.
Both parents were arrested and are in Dickson County jail on $1 million bond. Joseph Ray Daniels, 28, is charged with criminal homicide. Krystal Nicole Daniels, 27, has been charged with one count of aggravated child neglect or endangerment.
For this upcoming search, sheriff’s office officials wants home and property owners in the area to be aware that the search will take place in the coming weeks.
Sheriff’s office spokesperson Janine Wine said the search will be looked at as “a brand new.” She said previous searches a month ago were focused on a living child.
Additional information will be released in the coming weeks about the location of the second meeting and search, officials said.