One week later, search continues for missing 11-year-old from Montezuma

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 8:59 AM CDT
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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KCRG) - Thursday marks one week since an 11-year-old boy from Montezuma disappeared.

Xavior Harrelson disappeared shortly before noon last Thursday.

Since then, investigators and hundreds of volunteers have been searching the area.

On Tuesday, investigators from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and K9 units searched the mobile home park where Xavior lives. He lives there with his mother.

Investigators are now turning their attention to surveillance video and going door-to-door.

“If somebody in the public thinks it’s irrelevant information that law enforcement will be the judge of that,” Mitch Mortvedt with the Iowa DCI said. “We’d rather have that piece of information and vet that out, investigate that and if it ends up not being worthwhile, that’s no trouble to us. We would rather have that piece of information than not have it.”

Samantha Rix is the family friend who reported Xavior missing.

She says the boy’s mother is an amputee who has trouble putting on her prosthetic leg.

Her 11-year-old son acted as her caretaker.

Rix says Xavior was very close with his mother.

“Things she can’t do he helps her with. You know and Xavior knows that, and he knows that he’s not just her son,” Rix said “He’s her other leg.”

Neighbors say they would hear Xavior and his mother arguing usually once a week.

The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said Harrelson was last seen at around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27. He was last known to be wearing a red t-shirt, blue pajama pants, and black high-top shoes. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and he is about 4′8″ tall and 100 pounds.

Anyone with any information related to Xavior’s disappearance should call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-2107.

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