The teenager’s body was found near the home of a 14-year-old boy from Montezuma, an Iowa Division Criminal Investigation officer confirmed Thursday night.
The maternity clothes matched those worn by Xavior Harrelson when he last appeared on May 27, Mitch Mortvedt, the vice president of DCI, addressed a news conference shortly after the discovery of the remains. That of women is not emphasized.
Confirming the identity of the body can take eight weeks or more, Mortvedt said. However, authorities informed Xavior’s family of the discovery.
“We don’t know much yet,” Mortvedt said. “We can do imagination, but that is always dangerous.”
The discovery made the heavy police presence near the town of 1,500 people in Poweshiek County. A farmer guarding his crop near 110th Street and Ewart Road, about four miles from Xavior’s home, found the body in a nearby field, officials said.
Xavior is reported missing a few days after the 11th of his birth. The boy was last seen near his home in the northwest of the city.
Over the next four months, the community raised more than $ 350,000 through wards, pastors and a charity concert in hopes of attracting more experienced people to the forefront.
The orange ribbon – Xaeve’s favorite color – is wrapped around lamp posts and trees and is displayed in homes and businesses throughout the area.
Since last month, investigators have said they have found no evidence of foul play in his disappearance, but have not ruled in his favor.
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The location of the body – from a dirt road, surrounded by grain fields, other crops and large wind turbines – has brought to mind the tragic memories of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student murdered in 2018. Run near his hometown of Brooklyn, also in Poweshiek County and 15 miles from in Montezuma. His body was found in a corn field.
“It’s horrible in any area,” Mortvedt said. “But then again, on the heels of Mollie Tibbetts …” he continued, before moving away.
“The lives of two good people have ended tragically, tragically,” Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas E. Kriegel said.
Thursday organizers of the Annual Mollie Tibbetts Memorial Run, held Sunday, have dedicated half of their donations to the Xavior Harrelson Fund.
Compliance is asking anyone with information about Xavior’s disappearance to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 623-5679 or Missing Person Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-5507. And anyone who may have digital information about Xavior’s absence can post tapes, such as videos or photos, at fbi.gov/findxavior.
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