Crews to search overnight for missing 5-year-old Dickson boy with autism

(Fox 17 News)

Multiple agencies will continue to search for a missing boy in Dickson County through the night on Wednesday.


An endangered child alert was issued Wednesday for Joe Clyde Daniels. He is 5-years-old, autistic and non-verbal. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he was last seen at his home on Garners Creek Road in Dickson on Tuesday night.

Joe Clyde is is described as standing 4' tall, weighs 65 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be wearing his pajamas.

Hundreds of volunteers helped search for Joe Clyde on Wednesday. Volunteers are being sent home at dark, but trained first responders will continue to search overnight.

“It’s overwhelming," Dickson Count Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said. "Of all the different searches I’ve been on, I’ve never seen this volume of support come this quickly. And we do appreciate it.”

Crews are focusing the search off Highway 70 just outside the Dickson city limits. One volunteer from McEwen, Tenn. said she can't imagine what Joe Clyde's family is going through.

“I couldn’t even think about what they were thinking or feeling," Amanda Tummins said. "I wouldn’t know. I hope I never have to.”

Since Joe Clyde likes helicopters, crews are also searching with helicopters in hopes that it will coax the boy out of his hiding spot. There is also a command post set up to support the local search efforts.

A staging area for volunteers will be at the Friendship Baptist Church at 4295 Hwy 70 West. Anyone who wants to volunteer can show up at 9 a.m. The DCSO asks volunteers to dress appropriately and not bring UTVs or horses.

Anyone who sees him should call I-800-TBI-FIND immediately.

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