Community prays for answers in Baby Joe’s disappearance


What served as a base for search crews one year ago, was a new home for hope on Thursday. 

A crowd gathered at Friendship Baptist Church, praying for a break in the case in the search for Baby Joe Clyde Daniels. 

“It really is hard to believe that it’s been a year since we were all here when all this began and started,” noted John Dudley, pastor of the church. 

It’s a story that still resonates across the state. Just a year ago though, it was a different scene in Dickson County. 

What started as a rescue mission for a non-verbal five-year-old, soon turned into a recovery mission, with a murder charge brought against father Joseph Daniels.

His mother Krystal Daniels, would be charged in the case as well.

Thursday night though, the focus was back on Baby Joe. 

Included among the speakers, was Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe. 

“I want you to know how much I do appreciate this county that I call home. A place where I was born and raised,” noted the Sheriff. “I have faith, and I know that one day we’re going to have the closure that baby Joe’s family deserves and that this community deserves.”

His department was one of dozens that trekked through the Dickson County countryside for months. 

“Seems like it just happened not long ago,” said Mike Grant, with the Tennessee City Fire Department. “I just keep hoping that one day we will find him and bring this to a close

Now as a criminal case looms, the community is coming together, hoping more answers lie in the next year. 

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