Investigator says he's uncovered new leads in Joe Clyde Daniels case

Posted at 7:50 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 20:57:36-05

A private investigator known for helping solve high-profile murders across the country says he's uncovered new leads which could lead to the child's body and his killer.

David Marshburn arrived in Dickson County with a national reputation for finding people.

He's not a police officer just a private citizen and he's spent the past four days working the case with one goal in mind.

"Find Joe Clyde. That's it," said Marshburn. 

He came to Dickson County from his home in North Carolina on Monday.

Since then he's examined the evidence in the cases against Joseph Daniels, who is charged with killing his son and the mother Krystal who is charged with child neglect. 

He's also talked to a number of people, lawyers, family members and friends.

"In the mix of that we tend to find out what happened, where it happened. The truth," said Marshburn.

But what is the truth? We know 5-year-old Joe Clyde disappeared from his home in April.

Investigators believe he's dead, but a body's never been found.

Joe Clyde's father confessed under questioning, but has since recanted. Still the prosecution is moving forward.

Marshburn, however, now says he is not convinced the father is the killer.

"That's what we are trying to figure out," said Marshburn.

He declined to elaborate, but clearly thinks, based on what he's uncovered, it's possible someone else was involved.

Proving it may hinge on finding the child's body.

"I let it come to me. We let God lead where we need to go," said Marshburn.

For now he says that means learning all he can about Joe Clyde's parents and others close to them, and then creating a profile.

"I just put myself in the position of the persons of interest and try to figure out what I would do in that situation being them," said Marshburn. 

He knows his style is unorthodox, but tells me his techniques have uncovered several new leads, of which he hopes to explore during the next 48 hours.

Will he locate Joe Clyde's remains? We'll know soon enough.

Marshburn along with his colleague Marsha and their two tracking dogs plan to stay through the weekend. In case your wondering, Marshburn was instrumental in helping to solve several other high-profile criminal cases including that of missing U.S. Army Specialist Kelli Bordeaux in North Carolina and 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez earlier this year in Kansas.