Tenn. authorities continue search where 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared

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DICKSON, Tenn. (WVLT/WTVF) -- Authorities were back on the scene Saturday morning to search Joe Clyde Daniels' home and surrounding areas in Dickson, according to Nashville CBS affiliate WTVF.

Joe Daniels, Joe Clyde's grandfather, who still lives on the property told WTVF a few weeks back bad storms hit the area. Daniels said he and a cousin went out with chainsaws to remove debris. Daniels said he believes someone saw them out moving things around on the property and reported it as suspicious activity. He said he believes that is why TBI agents are searching the property.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed the warrant was executed Thursday at the Daniels' home. The details of the search warrant are under seal, so the details of the tip that prompted the search are not public.

According to TBI, agents were looking for physical evidence tied to the case. Agents searched the property owned by Joe Clyde's grandparents, where he was last seen more than two years ago.

TBI agents posted a guard overnight to secure the property before the search continued Friday morning with more than a dozen investigators.

According to WTVF's Nick Beres, family members said investigators searched the same area when Joe Clyde disappeared. Authorities have yet to recover any physical evidence in the case.

TBI agents searched through brush and tree limbs near a fence on Thursday. According to reports, investigators deployed cadaver sniffing dogs on the scene and were digging in the area.

Joe Clyde Daniels, a 5-year-old autistic boy, disappeared from the family's Dickson County home nearly two years ago. He is assumed to be dead but no remains have ever been found. His father is charged with homicide and his mother is charged with aggravated child neglect.

In February 2020, Joe Clyde Daniels' mother, Krystal Daniels said she was pressured to say certain things during her 2018 testimony.

In 2018, Krystal Daniels told officials she found her husband, Joseph Daniels, standing with fists clenched over a motionless Joe Clyde. "She said Joseph Daniels did take a swing at her. He didn't hit her and told her that if she told anybody that he would kill her," according to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

"There's, you know, there's such a thing as false confession and, I mean... I, you know, I regret every bit of what I said," Krystal told WTVF in February.

Krystal and Joseph Daniels are scheduled to stand trial in August. Both remain locked up on one-million-dollars bond each.

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