Joe Clyde Daniels, who had autism and was nonverbal, was reported missing by his parents to the Dickson County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday morning, and authorities began a three-day "exhaustive search" for the young boy, with the hope of finding the child and bringing him home safely, according to Locke.
According to court documents, Daniels admitted to striking Joe Clyde "repeatedly. with [a] closed fist" until the boy died.
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Condolences poured in from current and former hockey players, sports organizations and political leaders across the country. According to authorities, 28 people, including the driver, were on the Humboldt Broncos' bus at the time of the crash.
"Though this news is profoundly disappointing, we are grateful for the volunteers who gave time and resources this week to help search for Joe Clyde".
The Daniels family has two other boys, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, who are now staying with relatives.
A substantial search effort was immediately launched, with law enforcement using equipment to search nearby ponds, fields and wooded areas. TBI did not specify how they obtained that information. He has been missing from his Garners Creeks Road home since Tuesday night. Firefighters are searching bodies of water in the area and volunteers are using Global Positioning System devises to look for the boy.
TBI said the investigation is ongoing.
During the press conference, The TBI announced the agency opened an investigation into criminal conduct on Friday.