Search continues for Baby Joe 1 year after disappearance


Baby Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared one year ago Thursday in Dickson County.  

His father, Joseph Daniels, confessed to killing his son but then recanted his statements. Both Baby Joe’s parents are in jail, awaiting trial next year.

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There may be some people who assume the search for Baby Joe is stagnant with no sign of hope. But those who are most involved want the public to know they have not forgotten. 

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There are no new ground searches planned, but investigators are still looking for Baby Joe. 

The nonprofit equine search group from Texas, EquuSearch, has been part of the search for months, may soon deploy an “infra-red near-flir” drone.

It’s a $30,000 piece of equipment, which can scan an area and identify if the ground has been dug up or disturbed in any way. 

And the sooner they use it the better, says David Rader from EquuSearch.  

“Our window of opportunity to use the drone is closing on us because of the canopy and the budding of the trees, so we’re hoping to secure that, and again, it’s just another piece of technology we’re trying to locate little Baby Joe.”

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“Each piece that we get and next move that we’re plotting with search, and the drone, has given us hope, but I wouldn’t be able to comment specifically on where we think that’s going to lead at this point,” said Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.

It’s possible they could get the drone up in the next week.  

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The TBI believes Joseph Daniels intentionally killed Baby Joe and hid his body. Baby Joe’s mother Crystal Daniels is also charged in the case and remains jailed.  

Their trials are expected to be held in 2020.

Several events, including two vigils, are planned in Dickson on Thursday.

New 2 will be in Dickson to report on the search for Baby Joe Clyde Daniels, the investigation and the impact on the community all day Thursday. 

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