The shirt was found to match Paul Harrelson’s last appearance.
The remains of a teenager were found by a farmer in rural Iowa China, along with clothing that matched the appearance of a boy who lived in the state before he died in May, authorities said.
Xavior Harrelson was last seen on the morning of May 27, days before his 11th birthday, when he left his home in Montezuma to go by bicycle, authorities said.
His disappearance led to widespread searches by police and community volunteers through miles of grain fields, lakes, ravines and deserts in Poweshiek County.
At around 2pm during this time in China, the local director’s office received a call from a farmer working in a field a few miles outside Montezuma who found what they thought were human remains, authorities said.
The remains were found in a grassy area of a mixed field, and a national medical examiner selected them as human and possibly teenagers, according to Mitch Mortvedt, vice president of Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation.
“We’re not saying it’s Xavior Harrelson at the moment,” Mortvedt told reporters at a press conference near China. “There is a lot of work yet to be done at this site, and as you can imagine, the office of the medical examiner and the state anthropologist has a lot of work left before them in the days and weeks, though, to come.”
The remains may have been in the field for a period of “critical” time, Mortvedt said, and records at the site will be “gradual and systematic.”
The clothes found “matched what we knew Xavior would end up wearing,” he said.
Xavior last appeared wearing a red T-shirt, blue pajama pants and high-heeled shoes, according to the sheriff’s office.
His family was shocked by the development, Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel told reporters. “She was naturally angry,” she said of the boy’s mother.
The field where the fossils were found was never explored by foot as part of an investigation, Kriegel said.
A medical examiner will be working to determine the remnants, a process that could take weeks, Mortvedt said. The cause and treatment of the death will be investigated, and “even if there was a bad dance,” he said.
The cost of knowledge in that case has grown to $ 36,000.
Anyone with information or tips is encouraged to call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.