DICKSON, Tenn. - Day three of the search for Joe Clyde Daniels got underway Friday in Dickson County, where they're expanding the search to about a three-mile radius.
The 5-year-old was last seen Tuesday night when his parents put him to bed at their residence on Garners Creek Road. Joe Clyde, who is non-verbal and has autism, has a history of sneaking out of his home.
Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said Friday morning that K9s picked up another scent late Thursday night into the early-morning hours that was located about three or four miles from the house.
They're also investigating another footprint that was discovered off the roadway. K9s picked up his scene near the print and followed it along the road.
Bledsoe also confirmed that there was a reported sighting of a boy matching his description late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning walking near the road by his house. The TBI spoke with the witness and they believe the report is valid.
How You Can Help
If you’d like to help in the search, volunteers have been gathering at 9 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church on Highway 70 in Dickson. If you have a tip for investigators, call Dickson County dispatch.
Volunteers will be bussed out to the search site and paired up with professionals, where they’ll search about a two-mile radius. Be sure and dress appropriately.
If you'd like to donate supplies volunteers need items such as hand warmers, gloves, ponchos and drinks (sodas, energy drinks, Gatorade). Also, the church's pastor, John Dudley, said they could use paper plates and cups to serve volunteers food.
"I'm seeing a lot of new faces over the past three days," said Dudley. "I know they're still taking new volunteers. So, if there's people wanting to take part in the search and rescue effort, by all means come down here and get involved and help out."
NewsChannel 5 reporter Nick Beres spoke with Joe Clyde's father on Thursday and he said they are heartbroken.
Many have wondered why Joe's parents haven't joined search crews to look for their boy, but Daniels said investigators suggested he and his wife not take part because their scent might distract the K-9 units from the similar scent left by their son.
Aerials From Search Day 2: