National Group Steps In To Help Search For Joe Clyde Daniels

Posted at 10:06 PM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 23:24:19-04

Hundreds of people have been expected to show up for a massive search and recovery mission for 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels.

"We're still trying to locate baby Joe Clyde Daniels," Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said. "We went from a rescue to recovery from what we know." 

Krystal and Joseph Daniels have been arrested in connection to his death. Joseph Daniels allegedly told deputies that he killed his son.

"We're going to try to bring this little boy home," David Rader said. "I don't want to give anybody a plea deal."

Texas EquuSearch, a nationally recognized search and recovery group, is teaming up with the Dickson County Sheriff's Office to search a wooded area in Tennessee City near Garners Creek Road.

"I absolutely can't stand doing this, but there's a need for it," Rader said.

They expect up to 1,000 volunteers to show up next Saturday from all over the country.

However, due to tough terrain and conditions, they're still looking for more volunteers.

"This isn't for everybody," Rader said. "You have to be able to digest what you may run across."

Volunteers interested in being a search team leader showed up at a meeting Saturday afternoon.

Team leaders will be vetted and they are most likely highly trained law enforcement officers or citizens with search and recovery experience.

All additional volunteers will have to get a background check.

"We're trying to maximize our efforts by getting people out as quickly as possible," Rader said.

They plan on searching thousands of acres all at once and will mark areas with red flags that have been searched.

So far, this will be the largest search effort yet.

"At this point in time, they don't have what they truly need," Rader said. "That's why we're on the ground doing what we're doing so that individual doesn't have the opportunity to say, 'No body, no foul.'"

If you would like to volunteer, you can show up on Saturday.

For more information on where to meet, check the Dickson County Sheriff's Facebook page later this week. They're still working on finalizing details.