Public asked to join Sunday in search for missing Montezuma boy


MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials are asking members of the general public to help them Sunday with the search for a 10-year-old Montezuma boy.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the search Saturday for Xavior Harrelson was continuing with law enforcement and first responders only. It said Montezuma residents should check their own property but urged them to meet Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at Montezuma High School.

Xavior was last seen around 11 a.m. Thursday on his bike near his home on the north end of Montezuma.

He was wearing a red shirt and blue pajama pants with black high-top shoes when he disappeared, authorities said. Police and family of the boy said it is out of the ordinary for him to be gone from home overnight with no contact.

More than 100 deputies and officers have searched for Xavior since he disappeared. On Saturday, authorities sent out a plane, a cavalry and two dive teams. Unfortunately, the day’s search ended empty-handed.

“We’re putting every resource possible that we can towards it and hoping for the best possible outcome,” said Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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