Jake Wilson's mom: My motherly instinct is he's not going to come home
The group of about a dozen people spent Tuesday night replacing blue ribbons around businesses in La Porte City.
The original ribbons went up April to remind people of Jake Wilson and were put up days after he disappeared.
"The ribbons are starting to fade a little due to the weather so we're replacing them," Megan Richter-Neiswonger, Wilson's mom said.
Wilson asked his step-dad if he could walk to Wolf Creek, just a couple blocks from home on April 7. The family hasn't seen him since.
"Him going for a walk was nothing different. That day he had a perfect day. He was happy as could be. He just wanted to go down to the creek," Richter-Neiswonger said.
The family started to worry after Wilson didn't return after about half an hour.
They started their own search first and soon contacted authorities.
Over the next several days, authorities along with hundreds of other community members thoroughly searched the area. They didn't find any leads.
"It's just like the first day he went missing," Richter-Neiswonger said.
Even today, four months later, Richter-Neiswonger still can't easily sleep at night.
"I sit out on the front porch with my blue light on and I wait. It's been a thing ever since. I sit on the front porch just waiting if somebody drops him off of just walks up. Hoping he does come home," Richter-Neiswonger said.
If anything, her fears have broadened.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing, and anything is possible, including abduction.
"My hope is that he followed directions and an accident may have happened in the creek. My other fear is somebody has taken him. My motherly instinct, my gut feeling is I don't believe he will be coming home," Richter-Neiswonger said.