Investigators found a footprint in the search for Joe Clyde Daniels on Friday, offering some hope that the boy could be found alive.
A Tennessee father admitted to killing his 5-year-old autistic son and hiding his body, law enforcement said, ending hope the boy would be found alive.
Joseph Ray Daniels, 28, faces a count of criminal homicide. Investigators determined Daniels killed his son, Joe Clyde Daniels, overnight on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, said Jason Locke, deputy director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
"During the course of the investigation, it was determined the child's father Joseph Daniels intentionally killed his son in his residence and then hid his body," Locke said.
Dickson County (Tenn.) Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said Daniels confessed to killing his son, who was autistic and non-verbal.
Daniels' arrest turned what had been a massive search and rescue effort, which included hundreds of volunteers, into a search for Joe Clyde's remains.
A Department of Children Services spokesman said his siblings, ages 8 and 3, have been placed in the custody of relatives.
In addition to the TBI and Dickson County Sheriff's Office, DCS is investigating the case. There were no interactions between the family and DCS in the last three years, spokesman Rob Johnson said. Daniels does not appear to have a history of arrests, according to public records. He was booked into the Dickson County jail Saturday where he is being held on a $1 million bond.
Joe Clyde had wandered off his family's property outside Nashville in the past. Those previous incidents prompted calls to authorities, and led investigators to initially believe the same situation occurred again, though foul play was never ruled out.
Joe Clyde was first reported missing on Wednesday at 7 a.m., said TBI, which added the boy was wearing pajamas when he went missing. Daniels called 911 to report his son missing and told a dispatcher the boy must have unlocked the door and wandered off.
A substantial search effort was immediately launched, with law enforcement using equipment to search nearby ponds, fields and wooded areas. At least 250 volunteers joined search parties and covered a carefully mapped grid in the area around the property in recent days.
Investigators said they received “credible” information the child was spotted early Wednesday morning about 100 yards from his house. The boy was walking near Garners Creek Road when a passerby saw him, investigators said.
On Friday, Bledsoe reported a sign of hope when a footprint was found near a creek about three miles south of where Joe Clyde was reported missing.
As the search continued to unfold, the community rallied and volunteers prayed the blonde-haird, blue-eyed boy would be found. Bledsoe said on Saturday he was not surprised, but "impressed" by the community support.
A vigil for Joe Clyde is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church. The church served as a staging area for volunteers during the search. The community flooded the church with food and supplies.
Because the investigation is ongoing, many details surrounding the boy's death remain unknown.
At a news conference on Saturday, investigators did not reveal the break that shifted the case into a criminal investigation. Locke said it was at the request of District Attorney General Ray Crouch that TBI agents changed the focus to a criminal investigation.
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Publish date : 2018-04-07 19:11:00