Five weeks after 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared, the search for the boy’s body continues.
The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for volunteers to assist in a large-scale search effort for the boy.
The department is asking for 30-50 adult volunteers with emergency services backgrounds in law enforcement, firefighting, EMT or military service to serve as team leaders for an upcoming search.
Team leaders must be physically capable of leading a group of community volunteers through mixed terrain, according to Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.
Those interested in serving as a team leader should meet at Freed Hardeman Dickson at The Renaissance center, room 105, on May 12 at 3:00 p.m. for a briefing.
Additional details will be released for community volunteers who want to assist in the May 19 search.
Sheriff Bledsoe told News 2 he is hoping for as many as 600 volunteers to take part in the search.
“I assume with the response we’ve had, it will be double or triple what we initially had,” said Bledsoe. “And we’ll appreciate that.”
Even after five weeks, Bledsoe said he’s still optimistic Joe Clyde’s body can be found.
“We still have some things that we have to get resolved and have closure in this case,” Bledsoe said. “For me, that closure is he has to have a proper burial and rest.”