An Iowa boy last seen riding his bike near his home in north Montezuma has been missing since Thursday and his parents say it’s unlike him to stay gone without any contact.
Xavior Harrelson was last seen Thursday around 11 a.m in Montezuma, wearing a red shirt, black shoes, and blue pajama pants, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation reports. According to KCCI, hundreds of volunteers showed up to help search for Xavior on Sunday, the boy’s 11th birthday.
The assistant director for Iowa DCI, Mitch Mortvedt, said that the boy’s family has been cooperative throughout the investigation; Xavior is considered endangered due to his young age.
Mortvedt added that nearby lakes and areas around the lakes have been searched by dive teams, including Diamond Lake Park, which didn’t yield any results. Volunteers scoured nearby schools and other areas in the vicinity, while over a hundred officers joined in the search.
“It’s small towns around here, so everybody comes together. It was the same thing when it happened with Mollie and everything,” volunteer searcher Clayton Van Wyk said.
State troopers assisting in the search for Xavior pic.twitter.com/WLblaRwE6H
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Another search volunteer, Dena Bear, called the incident a “mom’s worst nightmare.” As a single mother of two, she wanted to help search to help out another mother, Des Moines Register reports.
“We just strongly encourage anyone with any type of information, or even a possible sighting, to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office, or if it’s away from this area, call 911. Because, obviously, the message is out that he is missing,” Mortvedt said.
Anyone with information can contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-2107. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Xavior Harrelson/Handout]