What We Know: Possible footprint found in search for missing Dickson boy with autism

Joe Clyde Daniels is missing from Dickson, Tenn. (TBI/FOX 17 Photo)


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2:45 p.m. UPDATE:

On the third day in a search for Joe Clyde Daniels, the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office said a possible footprint and scents picked up by K9s have garnered no results of the missing boy.

Joe, 5, who has autism and is non-verbal, has been missing from his Garners Creek Road home since Tuesday night.

Local agencies and hundreds of volunteers have scoured the area by air, on foot and on water. Local ponds have been checked and some even drained.

The sheriff said K9s have led them on several track from possible scents picked up, but no evidence of Joe’s whereabouts has been found.

Sheriff Bledsoe said the possible footprint was of a foot without a shoe, so they believe Joe was barefoot when he left the home.

The search has also expanded to a three-mile to four-mile radius. It’s concentrated along Highway 70.

“We don’t want to ignore any areas around us because he could double back,” Sheriff Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe said heavy rain and tough terrain have caused issues in the search.

Joe’s parents’ home has also been searched with no signs of Joe. The sheriff said his parents have been very cooperative in the case.

Residents in the area are encouraged to check their property, including buildings, sheds, garages and tall grass.

Bledsoe said the search will continue on Saturday and he thinks the weekend days will bring more volunteers, who have been gathering at First Baptist Church. A wintry mix is on tap for this weekend, so folks should dress warm and remember to bring identification for check-in with TBI. Horses and UTVs are not allowed.

Joe is described as standing 4 feet tall, weighs 65 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair. Anyone who sees Joe should call 1-800-TBI-FIND.


8 a.m. UPDATE: Crews are out for a third day in Dickson searching for a missing 5-year-old who doesn't speak and has autism.

Joe Clyde Daniels was last seen at his Garners Creek Road home on Tuesday night. Since then, massive search efforts have been under way.

Hundreds of volunteers joined several agencies, including the Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee High Patrol, TWRA and neighboring agencies to scour the area by air, on land and in waterways.

Conditions in Dickson continued to worsen with rain and cold temperatures while a possible wintry mix is on tap for this weekend.

More volunteers met at First Baptist Church at 9 a.m. Friday morning to continue to search. Volunteers were told to bring ID and be ready to check in with TBI. Horses and UTVs are not allowed. Volunteers say they have been very much emotionally tied to this search. The 5-year-old boy has had a huge impact on the midstate as volunteers flock to Dickson to try and find him.

Joe is described as standing 4 feet tall, weighing about 65 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. An Endangered Child Alert has been issued by TBI. Joe's grandmother said he's afraid of loud noises, doesn't sleep much, loves Olaf from the movie "Frozen" and responds well to his name.

Anyone who sees Joe should call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

7:30 a.m. update:

12 p.m. update:

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