WATCH: Search remains ongoing after confirmed sighting of missing Dickson boy with autism

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

UPDATE: The search has continued on Day 3.

DICKSON, Tenn. (WZTV) - Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said they plan to expand their search area on Thursday to find a missing 5-year-old boy.

Joe Clyde was last seen near his home on Garners Creek Road outside Dickson, Tenn. on Tuesday night. An endangered child alert was issued for him on Wednesday.

Joe has autism and is non-verbal. He stands about 4 feet tall, weighs 65 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair. 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.

The sheriff said they have hundreds of volunteers in the search on Thursday. Those volunteers will be sent home at dark for safety purposes, but trained law enforcement officers will again search through the night.

"We've covered about a mile out and now we're expanding that out past the mile and everything around us to that point even north of us," Bledsoe said. "Everything is being considered as we work it out."

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UPDATE: (1 p.m. CST)

The Dickson County Sheriff says there was a sighting of missing 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels on Wednesday morning.

A massive search for Joe, who is non-verbal and has autism, is still under way Thursday afternoon as he means missing. The sheriff said TBI was able to speak with and confirm a sighting on Wednesday by an eyewitness.

Multiple agencies have searched by air, on waterways and on foot for Joe, with no luck. A nearby pond where K9s picked up Joe's scent was drained and searched, but there was no indication Joe was still there.

The sheriff is asking anyone who has hunting cameras that might have been able to pick up Joe's image, last seen wearing black pajamas with a skeleton outline, to check their video. Residents are aslo asked to check sheds, garages and any other buildings on their property where Joe may have taken shelter.

Hundreds of volunteers have turned up for the search. At 1 p.m., a new batch of volunteers came in for a shift change. Police are asking that volunteers don't go out on their own and instead join their teams.

Authorities are using a GPS locator system and map to pinpoint what areas have been searched. The sheriff said the search has been difficult due to the terrain and the high amount of ponds in a one-mile radius.

Right now, the search is still concentrated in the Highway 70 area.

Joe was last seen Tuesday night at his home along Garners Creek. He stands about 4 feet tall, weighs 65 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair.

Joe's grandmother gave FOX 17 News some insight on things that affect Joe. She said he's afraid of loud noises and doesn't sleep much, he loves Olaf from the movie "Frozen" and responds well to his name.

More volunteers are being accepted Friday morning. They should meet at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church at 4295 Highway 70W. Rain is expected and volunteers should dress appropriately.

Volunteers should also bring identification for check in with TBI. Horses and UTVs are not allowed.

Anyone with information should call 1-800-TBI-FIND.


The search for a missing 5-year-old who is non-verbal and has autism has reached a second day.

Joe Clyde Daniels was last seen Tuesday night at his home along Garners Creek Road, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. An endangered child alert has been issued in the case.

Multiple agencies searched overnight in the Garners Creek and Highway 70 area for the boy amid freezing temperatures. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter is back out on the scene helping in the search and crews are also on the water searching in boats. Authorities are heavily searching waterways and drained a small pond on Wednesday during their investigation.

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to gather at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Hall on Highway 70. Volunteers are also being directed to Friendship Baptist Church at 9 a.m. at the corner of Highway 70 West and CCC Road. Volunteers are asked to not bring UTVs or horses and dress appropriately.

Volunteer Daisy Swallow brought her search and rescue dog Kyle from Ohio to help in the search for Joe. Other search dogs are also on hand.

Residents in the area are asked to check their outhouses, sheds and any other building that they may believe Joe might have taken shelter in.

Joe is described as standing 4' tall, weighs 65 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be wearing his pajamas. Joe is non-verbal, which means he doesn't speak and won't respond to calls of his name for help.

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

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