Hundreds of people from across the country are expected in Dickson County Saturday to help search for 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels' body.
This marks the largest organized search effort since Joe Clyde disappeared in April.
Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said 350 people have signed up to help with the search, but as many as 500 may show up.
Volunteers will be assigned to a team and will board a bus to head to the search area. The search will be centered around Joe Clyde’s home on Garners Creek Road in Tennessee City.
The nationally recognized search and recovery group, Texas EquuSearch will be assisting with the search efforts.
Volunteers met Friday at Friendship Baptist Church in Dickson to pack bags of food for searchers. They worked hours to pack 2,000 bags. They planned to return to the church early Saturday morning to make sandwiches for each searcher.
Sheriff Bledsoe said people interested in helping can show up Saturday morning. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and physically capable of navigating difficult terrain. The search will continue until the sun goes down. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No cameras or phones will be allowed. Snacks will be brought out to volunteers.
Joe Clyde was reported missing April 4. Days later, police said his father, Joseph Daniels, admitted he killed the little boy and hid his body. He was arrested and charged with criminal homicide. Investigators also believe his wife, Krystal, witnessed the murder. She was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. Both remain in jail in Dickson County.
The search will happen rain or shine. Volunteers who want to help have been asked to show up at 7 a.m. at Dickson County High School.