Dickson, Tenn. (WKRKN) – This is a case that rocked Dickson County and still has many community members asking, where’s Baby Joe? The 5-year-old disappeared 4 years ago on April 4.
Since then, Joe Clyde Daniel’s father, Joseph Daniels, has been convicted of murder, among other charges, in connection with his son’s death and was sentenced to 51 years in prison. Baby Joe’s mother, Krystal, pleaded unchallenged for her role and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Yet questions remain about the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the little boy whose smile captivated the community.
“Many areas have been covered, and yet we are still here, four years later, still searching for that piece of the puzzle that we desperately need and want,” said David Rader, director of EquuSearch Midwest. .
Rader was one of the first to lead search parties covering a 10-mile radius through Dickson County in search of Baby Joe.
“There was nothing about this case that was easy,” Rader said, recalling the grueling search in the heat, with ticks, snakes and extreme elements looking for the child who was only tall. 4 feet tall.
“There are so many nooks and crannies to hide something that could probably fit in, a two-by-two box,” Rader said.
To this day, he is still pondering where the child might be. “I think he’s a bit further than what we’re attributing,” Rader said. “I’m not going to go into details, but I think, I personally think he’s in the neighboring county.”
If called upon again, Rader would not hesitate to search.
“In the blink of an eye,” he continued, “I can be packed up in half an hour and be on the road.”
Local members of the EquuSearch team grapple with the same suspicions as Rader.
“My mom lives just down the road from Baby Joe, and it still gets to us,” said Twila Sisco, research coordinator for EquuSearch.
She said it’s likely Baby Joe isn’t alive, but like so many others in her community, she remains hopeful.
“But sometimes I’ve told Dave and talked to my other teammates, I feel like he’s still alive. It could just be, you know, the disbelief in my mind to think that someone could actually hurt an innocent child like that,” Sisco said.
In the end, they both agree that there are only two people who can answer each other’s questions.
“I hope Joseph and Krystal see this,” Sisco said, “And I hope in their hearts that they can say, you know what? We have our punishment. We’re here. We’re not going anywhere. Why not just go ahead and make the information available to law enforcement or EquuSearch or any other search team or whoever so they can find this baby and get the closure?
The Dickson County Sheriff’s Department also remains hopeful of locating Baby Joe.
Sheriff Tim Eads released this statement:
It’s been 4 years today since Joe Clyde Daniels disappeared. Our department, and the people of this county, will never forget “Baby Joe” and we always hope to bring him home one day, but until that day we will continue to follow all leads in hopes of put an end to this tragedy.
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