Family: TBI ends recent search for Joe Clyde

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 22:40:28-04

DICKSON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Family members of Joe Clyde Daniels say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has completed their search for remains on their property.

Law enforcement has been searching on the property of Joe Clyde's grandparents on Garner Creek Road in Dickson County where the five-year-old disappeared more than two years ago.

They say all the brush search teams cut away is gone and the holes they dug are re-filled. The TBI agents have left and so too is the sheriff’s deputy who had been standing guard overnight.

Joe Clyde's grandfather, Big Joe Daniels, says the agents told them they are finished. He says they did find animal bone fragments. Likely, the remains of family pets buried in the yard. But the didn't share with the grandparents whether or not anything else was found.

NewsChannel 5 learned a University of Tennessee van was on the property Tuesday. And the Daniels family attorney says it is very likely from the famed Body Farm on the UT campus. The University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm, was founded by anthropologist William M. Bass.

The staff there studies the decomposition of human remains. The TBI did not confirm if the UT van was from the Body Farm and has not released details on the result of the search.

In the meantime, Joe Clyde’s father, Joseph Daniels, is charged with homicide and his mother, Krystal Daniels, with aggravated child neglect.