Some people in Montezuma want more done to find Xavior Harrelson

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 8:47 PM CDT
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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KCRG) -People in Montezuma are asking for more resources in the search for a missing 11 year old boy. A family friend reported Xavior Harrelson missing last Thursday, May 27th at 11 a-m from his home at the Spruce Village mobile home park.

Pastor Jim Shrimplin with Montezuma United Methodist Church is trying to encourage people to stay positive. He does say he wants more done.

Some people in his congregation joined the search efforts on Sunday instead of attending service, which he supports because his church is about supporting the community.

Harrelson will be a topic of his sermons, wanting to tell people that God is taking care of him wherever he is right now. He would like to see more help.

“Comparing this case to the Mollie Tibbetts case,” he said. “Mollie got way more coverage nationally than Xavior’s getting, even though it’s from the same basic area, and that’s sad. Why that is, I don’t know, I’ve got my ideas.”

Pastor Shrimplin says he will continue praying for Xavior and doing whatever he can until he returns.

Montezuma Mayor Jacki Bolen says they are hanging up flyers, and posting about Xavior Harrelson on social media a lot to help. She believes there are many people who still don’t know about this investigation.

Bolen says those in the community feel helpless and don’t know how to help the situation, so they’re being each other’s support systems.

She also echoed what some around town tell me in that there needs to be more national coverage on the missing boy. Bolen also calling on law enforcement to hold a news conference.

“I think it would be comforting to the general public, to just hear a little bit about what’s going on with things,” she said. Like I said obviously you just can’t tell us everything and we totally understand that. I think hearing it from them would be good for the community. We’ve heard lots and lots of rumors and that kind of thing, and maybe a press conference would help eliminate some of that, and ease some minds.”

Mitch Mortvedt with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation tells me they don’t have a news conference scheduled anytime soon. He says the investigation is still ongoing, and they will continue to have a presence.

The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office has set up a phone line for those tips. The number is: 641-623-2107.

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