Body Found Near Montezuma, Iowa DCI Says

The body of a teenager was found near the hometown of a missing 11-year-old Montezuma boy, an official with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed late Thursday.

The body clothing was consistent with what Xavior Harrelson was wearing when he was last seen on May 27Said Mitch Mortvedt, deputy director of the DCI, at a press conference shortly after the discovery of the remains. Gender was not confirmed.

Confirming the identity of the body could take eight weeks or more, Mortvedt said. However, officials notified Xavior’s family of the discovery.

“We still don’t know much,” Mortvedt said. “We can make assumptions, but that is always dangerous.”

Mitch Mortvedt, deputy director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, speaks to reporters Thursday, Sept. 30, after remains were found near Montezuma, the home of 11-year-old Xavior Harrelson, who has been missing since Sept. 27. May.  With Mortvedt is Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel.

The discovery sparked a heavy police presence near the city of about 1,500 people in Poweshiek County. A farmer tending his bean crop near 110th Street and Ewart Road, about 4 miles from Xavior’s home, found the body in a nearby field, authorities said.

Xavior was reported to have disappeared within days of his 11th birthday. The boy was last seen near his home in the northwest part of town, dressed in a red T-shirt, blue pajama bottoms and black high-top shoes.

In the following four months, the community has raised more than $ 35,000 through vigils, fundraisers, and a benefit concert in hopes of attracting anyone with information to come forward.

This is the scene near Montezuma where the remains of a teenager were found on Thursday, September 30.  Montezuma is the home of 11-year-old Xavior Harrelson, who has been missing since May 27.

Orange ribbons, Xavior’s favorite color, are wrapped around lamp posts and trees and displayed in homes and businesses throughout the community.

As of last month, investigators said they had found no evidence of foul play in her disappearance, but they hadn’t ruled anything out.

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