DICKSON CO., TN (WKRN) – The father of a 5-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing in Dickson County, Tennessee was charged Saturday with his murder.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Joseph Ray Daniels, 28, intentionally killed Joe Clyde Daniels sometime before Wednesday morning and hid his body.
Investigators are still working to locate Joe Clyde’s body and no motive has been released.
Joe Clyde was reported missing by his parents who claimed he was last seen at his home on Garner’s Creek Road Tuesday night. An Endangered Child Alert was issued by the TBI on Wednesday morning.
His parents told investigators they discovered he was missing when they went to wake him up for school around 5:20am After searching their home and property for nearly an hour, they called 911 just before 6:30am to report the boy missing.
Hundreds of volunteers and multiple law enforcement agencies have searched for Joe Clyde around-the-clock since early Wednesday morning.
NBC4’s sister station WKRN spoke to the boy’s father by phone Friday afternoon. He said he was afraid his son was “lonely, tired, scared and confused.”
He also told WKRN “Baby Joe,” as the family calls him, has snuck out of the their home before, but it was always during the day and he would always be found nearby.
The family said they are praying for the best, but were “really scared.”
Authorities did not initially suspect foul play and sightings deemed credible by the TBI of the boy were reported.