Human remains found near Montezuma belong to Xavior Harrelson, officials confirm

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POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — The human remains found in rural Poweshiek County in September have been identified as Xavior Harrelson.

Days before his 11th birthday, Harrelson was reported missing from his home in Montezuma by a family friend on May 27. Several months later, his remains were found by a farmer working in a field about three miles northwest of Montezuma on Sept. 30.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office notified the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office on Friday that the remains were positively identified as Harrelson.

Authorities have not released Harrelson’s cause of death. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation said his death is being investigated as suspicious.

“The Montezuma community extends our sympathy to the family and friends of Xavior Harrelson. As we worried and searched for 4 months this was certainly not the outcome we had hoped for,” said Montezuma Mayor Jacki Bolen. “Xavior was a sweet and innocent child. We will never forget his kind heart.”

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