Brooklyn print seeks to publicize Xavior Harrelson through t-shirts, flyers and buttons
BROOKLYN, Iowa (KWWL) – It has been eight days since Xavier Harrelson was last seen in Montezuma. Interviewers and community members are always looking for answers and doing everything they can to get people talked about.
Missing posters are now plastered across Poweshiek County, whether in Montezuma, downtown Grinnell or Brooklyn alongside teal ribbons honoring Mollie Tibbets.
Officials said on Friday they were reviewing footage from security cameras, knocking on doors and following leads received. Law enforcement officers searched most of the properties, hangars and trailers in the Montezuma area.
“It hits Brooklyn and Montezuma hard with the Molly and Xavier cases,” Joy Van Landschoot said. “You are delighted that Molly receives her justice and can rest in peace, but it was also so hard to hear from Xavier.”
After Tibbets disappeared in the summer of 2018, Van Landschoot, who owns a printing house in Brooklyn, launched Mollie’s Memories to keep missing people in the public eye.
“The most important thing is awareness,” she said. “It makes Xavier’s face appear everywhere people visit on a daily basis. If they can get businesses to broadcast it, that would make a huge difference.”
Van Landschoot tries to help spread Xavior’s face, selling buttons and T-shirts with the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office number on them.
“It’s so important to get your face and name known too,” she said. “Some people are going to remember the face, and that’s when the tip is going to really matter.”
After looking at what happened in her own community almost three years ago, Van Landschoot said she realized there was a need for someone in the community to work to keep the name. and the face of a missing person in the spotlight.
Mollie’s Movement has helped in several cases since, but the proximity of Xavior’s beatings near her home for Van Landschoot.
“I never thought he could help her find the missing people, but see the community come together and see the heartache,” she said. “You don’t want this to happen anywhere.”
Hundreds of first responders and volunteers searched for Xavior over the past weekend. No future research is currently planned. Officials say they are confident in the research they’ve done, but are ready to go back and revisit areas if they get specific advice.
The FBI and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division have set up a digital media information line to get information on Xavior Harrelson’s disappearance.
Anyone with information about Xavior can leave a tip by clicking here.
The 11-year-old from Montezuma went missing from his hometown on May 27. He was last seen around 11 a.m. wearing a red shirt, blue pajama pants and black shoes. Her 11th birthday was this weekend.
Anyone with information can also call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office hotline at 641-623-2107.
“If someone thinks they know something that maybe isn’t important to them, but they don’t know law enforcement does, go ahead and share it,” Van said. Landschoot. “It could be the tip that opens the case.”
Harrelson was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue pajama pants and black shoes.
Harrelson has brown hair, blue eyes, is around 4 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 100 pounds.