DICKSON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Family, friends and community members gathered to remember Joe Clyde Daniels one year after he went missing.
Joe Clyde, an autistic 5-year-old, went missing April 4 of 2018. He was reportedly last seen when put to bed by dad Joseph at their home on Garners Creek Road in Dickson County.
However, since that day, his parents Krystal and Joseph Daniels have been charged in his disappearance and death.
The couple's story as to what happened to the little boy has changed multiple times, but the latest version was found in a letter written by Joseph, claiming that Joe Clyde is still alive.
The vigil, hosted by Texas EquuSearch Midwest, was held at Friendship Baptist Church Thursday night. The church has been been crucial in organizing searches for Joe Clyde over the last year.
Community members are rallying around baby Joe and they want to bring him justice.
"I'm here with my babies to honor him and so we can have some closure with the love that we have for baby Joe," said Becky Videau, retired teacher.
It was one year ago today, the frantic 911 call came out that a non-verbal 5-year old boy with autism was missing; and it was at this church where police and volunteers started their search for Joe Clyde and it's here they return one year later.
Several friends, family and the Dickson County community came together for a candlelight vigil Thursday evening to remember Joe Clyde Daniels, one year after the 5-year -old boy went missing.
"I felt it was good for me to be here tonight, just in support," said Jessica Glenn, church member.
Joe Clyde's father, Joseph Ray Daniels is charged with the boy's murder after court documents say he admitted to beating his son to death and disposed of his body; only later recanting his confession. The boy's mother, Krystal Daniels is also charged with aggravated child neglect.
And while the two await their day in court the people in this community search for healing.
"I think everybody is looking for comfort, closure, and honestly I think everybody," said Pastor John Dudley.
So, one by one they lit a candle, they said a prayer and they continue to sing hoping to find justice for Joe Clyde.