Missing boy with autism dead, father arrested for killing him

Missing boy with autism dead, father arrested for killing him

Missing boy with autism dead, father arrested for killing him

Those hopes were dashed Saturday morning, when TBI investigators announced that the missing child had been killed by his father, Joseph.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Joe Clyde was last seen on Tuesday night at his home off of Garners Creek Road in Dickson. "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".

"It's overwhelming", Dickson Count Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe told FOX 17.

Bledsoe and Locke portrayed the news as "decimating" and "significantly disillusioning", however they expressed gratitude toward the volunteers and individuals from the group who helped search for Joe Clyde.

A Department of Children Services spokesman said his siblings, ages 8 and 3, have been placed in the custody of relatives. Police booked Daniels into the Dickson County Jail on $1 million bond.

The TBI, which had issued an imperiled tyke alarm for Joe Clyde, opened an examination concerning criminal lead on Friday.

Authorities did not initially suspect foul play and sightings deemed credible by the TBI of the boy were reported.

No other arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon, but Beldsoe said he would not rule out the possibility for more arrests in the case, as investigators turn their attention to the Daniels home for evidence.

They said the father had made a statement.

Over the ensuing three days, hundreds of neighbours who heard of the disappearance volunteered to join the search, coordinating their efforts at a nearby Baptist church where a mobile command centre had been set up. Now, Locke said, authorities are searching for the boy's remains in and around the family's residence in Dickson County.

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