Search continues for missing Tennessee 5-year-old with autism

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DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn, – The search continues for a missing child in Dickson, Tenn. 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels was last seen at his residence on Garners Creek Road on the evening of April 3.

Joe is autistic and non-verbal and described as being 4′ tall, weighing 65 lbs, with blond hair, blue eyes, wearing black pajamas with a skeleton outline.

Joe Clyde Daniels

According to WTVF , Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe confirmed a witness has come forward who saw a boy matching Joe’s description walking near the road Tuesday evening. Authorities say they believe the tip is credible.

A K9 unit was also able to pick up the boy’s scent, which led to a nearby pond. Police had the body of water drained, but nothing was found.

The sheriff asked people with hunting cameras to check their video. Residents were also asked to check sheds, garages and any other buildings on their property where the boy may have taken shelter.

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.

Volunteers will be taken by bus to the search site and paired up with professionals, where they’ll search about a two-mile radius. Authorities ask that volunteers dress appropriately and ask that you not bring horses or UTVs.

If you’d like to donate supplies they are asking for items including hand warmers, gloves, ponchos and drinks (sodas, energy drinks, Gatorade).

If you have information on the whereabouts of Joe Daniels, call the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office at (615)789-4130 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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