Father of missing Tenn. boy with autism charged with homicide

TBIJoe Clyde Daniels 5

TBIJoe Clyde Daniels 5

"It's overwhelming", Dickson Count Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe told FOX 17.

Friendship Baptist Church will observed five minutes of silence for Joseph "Joe Clyde" Daniels and lifted his name in prayer as investigators still search for his remains.

Joe Clyde Daniels was reported missing the morning of April 4th. Those previous incidents prompted calls to authorities, and led investigators to initially believe the same situation occurred again, though foul play was never ruled out.

"The father of the Dickson County child who was the subject of an Endangered Child Alert this week has been arrested and changed with the homicide of 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels". Joe was reported missing in the early morning hours of April 4. Firefighters are searching bodies of water in the area and volunteers are using Global Positioning System devises to look for the boy.

A number of volunteers had joined in the search for the child.

The family said they are praying for the best, but were "really scared".

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 almost an hour, they called 911 just before 6:30am to report the boy missing.

On Friday, Bledsoe reported a sign of hope when a footprint was found near a creek about three miles south of where Joe Clyde was reported missing.

- Officials are searching for an autistic and non-verbal 5-year-old boy in Tennessee. About 253 volunteers signed in to participate, 158 were assigned to teams.

At a news conference on Saturday, investigators did not reveal the break that shifted the case into a criminal investigation. On April 6, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents opened an investigation into criminal conduct.

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