Family desperate to find missing autistic teen boy says he simply ‘vanished’

Authorities are searching for an autistic Iowa teen who disappeared from on Saturday and hasn’t been seen since.

“It’s like he just vanished,” Megan Neiswonger, mother of missing teen Jake Wilson told The Courier.”We searched everywhere.”

Jake, 16, went to Tootsie’s ice cream shop in La Porte City on Saturday evening. He returned homed and asked if he could go to the nearby Wolf Creek. He told his family he would return shortly but after failing to come home, his family became worried and contacted the police. Neiswonger’s husband searched the creek while on a kayak while other family members searched surrounding areas but found no signs of the teen.

Firefighters, police, and numerous volunteers have also searched the creek and its surrounding areas but so far haven’t found Jake. Neiswonger said her son is autistic and has a mild intellectual disability.

Jake stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He wears glasses and has hazel eyes and dirty blonde hair. He was last seen wearing cowboy boots, dark sweatpants, and a dark grey zip-up sweater.

Anyone with any information on Jake Wilson’s whereabouts is urged ton contact the Black Hawk County Dispatch at 319-291-2515.

[Feature Photo: Jake Wilson/Police Handout]