Alert issued and massive search has begun for a 5-year-old boy who suffers from autism
A toddler named Joseph Daniels went missing from his home recently. He is suspected to be lost in a wooded area.
The boy went missing on April 4, 2018, according to Faith Family America. He is said to suffer from non-verbal autism.
The police have asked for the public’s help in finding Joseph ‘Joe Clyde’ Daniels, 5. He went missing from his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
WKRN reported that he was last seen on Tuesday night. The boy lives on Garner’s Creek Road in the countryside outside Dickson, Tennessee.
Update: The child is known as Joe Clyde Daniels. We have posted some additional photos— Kitchen Feri Witch 💫🖤🌛🌝🌜🖤💫 (@Celtic_light) April 5, 2018
An Endangered Child Alert issued for a missing 5-year-old boy from Dickson, TN. Joseph Daniels is non-verbal and autistic. Last seen Tuesday evening at residence in Dickson, wearing pajamas. pic.twitter.com/h0ZIDuGgKP
His home is about 40 miles west of Nashville. A helicopter has been launched as part of the search, and authorities have widened their search area.
At the moment it’s not known if he’s alone or in the company of someone else. Daniels is 4 feet tall and weighs 65 pounds.
“He must’ve unlocked the door. He got out.”
Joseph Daniels father, Faith Family America, April 4, 2018
The toddler has blonde hair and his eyes are blue and he was last seen wearing pajamas. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has also joined the search.
They were involved in the nationwide search for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas last year. Daniels’ parents discovered that he was missing when they went to wake him up for school at around 5:20 a.m.
Crews to search overnight for missing 5-year-old Dickson boy with autism https://t.co/N15LUXjTxJ— allison fey (@nofanofgordon) April 5, 2018
After searching their home and property for nearly an hour, they called 911 just before 6:30 a.m. to report the boy missing. The boy’s father noted that his son didn’t take any stuffed animals or blankets from his room.
Earlier on Wednesday, a K-9 tracked Daniels’ scent to a pond before the trail vanished. The pond was drained and nothing was found.
This is sad. Let’s hope they find this kid alive. 😪— Rich Lokey (@LokeDogg44) April 4, 2018
Praying for a safe return of this child. Prayers for his family also.— DarleneBeller (@BellerDarlene) April 4, 2018
There were several other small bodies of water near Daniels’ home. A helicopter, watercraft, divers, and volunteers were all being used in the search.
THE ENDANGERED CHILD search continues overnight for missing 5-year-old Dickson boy. They are now looking from the air using infrared cameras. For the LATEST go to Nick Beres NC5 on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/Y0BaHEAx5k— Nick Beres (@NC5_NickBeres) April 5, 2018
"There's all the possibilities that something bad happened, but obviously we're praying for nothing in that way, but being non-verbal, being not able to call out or ask for help or anything like that makes it even more important, drastic and time-sensitive,” family friend Lyndsay Estes said.
The search for the boy was expected to continue until dark on Wednesday and would continue on Thursday morning if needed. Anyone with information is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.