Tennessee authorities are digging into each submitted surveillance footage from Dickson homeowners in hopes of locating a 5-year-old boy who disappeared earlier this month.
Patch reports that on Tuesday, Sheriff Joe Bledsoe asked for people with home surveillance to submit their footage from April 4 and its surrounding days, in hopes it can help help them determine where little Joe Clyde Daniels was hidden. Joe Clyde’s father, Joseph Daniels, reported the boy missing on the morning of April 4 and the child has not been seen since. Although Daniels later reportedly admitted to killing the child by striking him repeatedly with closed fists, the suspect never gave up the child’s location, although he allegedly admitted to hiding him.
Authorities asked homeowners within the 17 roads surrounding the little boy’s home off of Garners Creek Road to submit surveillance footage taken in hopes that they can pinpoint the the suspect’s vehicle, which direction he was driving, as well as the time.
Meanwhile, Joe Clyde’s parents remain behind bars in connection with his death. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Krystal Nicole Daniels, Joe Clyde’s mother, admitted she was in her residence in Dickson on April 4 when the child’s father beat him to death. Further, Daniels is accused of failing to report the crime and taking steps to conceal the little boy’s abuse and death.
Krystal Nicole Daniels is charged with felony “Aggravated Child Neglect or Endangerment” while Joseph Daniels is charged with homicide. Both suspects are behind bars on a $1 million bail each.
During an early morning 911 call on April 4, Joseph Daniels calmly told a dispatch operator that his son Joe Clyde Daniels was missing from their Dickson home. Initially, police had no reason to believe Daniels harmed the little boy but after two days of intense searching, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced that Joseph Daniels admitted that he killed his son.
WKRN obtained a copy of the 911 call, in which the suspect indicated that his son must have unlocked a door in the home and walked away. He claimed he went to the little boy’s room at 5:30 a.m. on April 4, when he noticed he wasn’t there. Daniels never asked for help while talking to the 911 dispatcher and the only information that he volunteered without being asked was that his boy was autistic and disappeared from their home off of Garners Creek Road.
“He stays very calm and he answers questions with one word answers, and of course never tells them to help, he never tells him please get here, please help me, please help me find him…he never asked,” Atlanta’s Cold Case Research Institute Director Sheryl McCollum told CrimeOnline.
Meanwhile, authorities continue to search for Joe Clyde throughout secluded wooded areas and neighboring counties.
“We’re following indicators that we have, looking at bodies of water, and things that are secluded or may be out of the way. We’re just not leaving anything uncovered,”Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said. “We’re in the same mode of search that we were prior when we were looking at a rescue. Now, with the recovery, we’re still working everything we can.”
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[Feature Photo: Joe Clyde Daniels/Handout]