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Montezuma community reacts as search for missing 11-year-old boy continues after one week

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:05 AM CDT
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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KCRG) - One week after Xavior Harrelson was reported missing, Montezuma is filled with missing-persons posters, and worried neighbors.

Rachel Bumgarner and her family live a few streets away from Spruce Village Mobile Home Park in Montezuma, where Xavior lives with his mother.

“My kids have been, they were on lockdown for the first three or four nights,” Bumgarner said. “I didn’t want them to go outside at all, and then, cause I didn’t know what was going on.”

She says the news that Xavior was missing spread quickly in the small town.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says investigators are focusing on going through video surveillance and interviews. They have been continuing to knock on doors and talk to neighbors over the past week.

Neighbors like Michael Talbert, who said investigators searched his home during the last week, according to television station KCCI.

“Then they wanted to go out and go through the van. I said all right,” Talbert said. “So we went out, and he gets down, looks under the seat of the van and in the back. Did a very splendid job, I thought, of doing that. And they’ve done everybody else out here too.”

Neighbors and friends who live in Spruce Village Mobile Home Park in Montezuma have described Xavior’s relationship with his mother as loving, but other neighbors have said they would hear Xavior and his mother arguing usually once a week.

Bumgarner says her family installed security cameras on their home after Xavior was reported missing, as an extra layer of protection, hoping to keep her children safe, saying, “Just to make sure we have all our bases covered, we have eyes everywhere just in case something were to happen.”

“It’s pretty frustrating, because it feels like you’re helpless, in one aspect, and in another aspect you feel like you have no control over what’s gonna happen next if you’re not with your kids,” Bumgarner said. “Like, I’m already a guarded parent. Now I’m hyper guarded, I’m super guarding them.”

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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