Search continues for Xavior Harrelson, missing since Thursday
MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KCRG) – The search for 11-year-old Xavior Harrelson continued in Montezuma on Sunday.
Harrelson was last seen around 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Montezuma.
The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said he was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue pajama pants and black high-top shoes. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and he is approximately 4’8 “and 100 pounds.
Volunteers were invited to meet at Montezuma High School on Sunday morning to begin a public-assisted search for Harrelson.
Residents of Montezuma are also advised to check their own properties and monitoring systems.
Anyone with information relating to Xavior’s disappearance, please call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-2107.
Sunday is Harrelson’s 11th birthday.
Law enforcement agencies across the state searched for hours on Saturday for Harrelson. They told KCRG-TV9 the focus was on the lake near Harrelson’s house but, after not finding it on Saturday, said they were confident they could start looking elsewhere.
Dean Chandler of New Sharon takes the long weekend to camp at Diamond Lake Campground. But knowing the park as well as he did, he said he didn’t expect the trip to include dive teams, boats and drones searching for a young boy.
“A little different, I mean I’ve never seen it done before, so it’s pretty interesting,” Chandler told KCRG-TV9.
“As we walk through ditches and woods and the park area, we also felt that we should also check out the lake,” said Mitch Mortvedt, deputy director of the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division.
Mortvedt said the park is close to Harrelson’s house and a place he could come and play. But the search now moves to the third day after being unable to find it.
“Most of us here are parents ourselves and it’s hard not to make it personal, so to speak, and to see the anguish that family members and friends of the community go through in the district. school makes it extremely difficult for everyone involved, ”he said.
Mortvedt asked the public for help with the search Sunday morning.
For Chandler, a father himself, he just hopes for the best.
“It’s very heartbreaking to see what’s going on. I feel for the family, ”he said.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Xavior Harrelson was 10 years old. Her birthday is May 30 and turned 11 on Sunday. This article has been updated with this fix.
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