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Xavior Harrelson Update: Corpse Found Matched the Clothes of 11-Year-Old Boy

In Poweshiek County, the search for a missing Montezuma kid who was last seen late Thursday morning continues. (Photo: Radio Iowa)

An adolescent’s body was discovered near the house of a missing 11-year-old Montezuma child, Xavior Harrelson, according to an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officer.

The Remain’s Clothes Matches the Boy

In a recently published article in Des Moines Register, the clothes on the corpse matched what Xavior Harrelson was wearing when he was last seen on May 27, according to Mitch Mortvedt, associate director of the DCI, who spoke at a press conference immediately after the remains were discovered. The gender is yet to be determined. Thus, according to Mortvedt, confirming the body’s identification might take up to eight weeks. Officials did, however, denounce Xavior’s family of the discovery.

The finding triggered a significant police presence near Poweshiek, which has a population of around 1,500 people. Authorities claimed that the corpse was discovered in a neighboring field by a farmer tending to his bean crop at 110th Street and Ewart Road, roughly 4 miles from Xavior’s residence.

Xavior went missing just a few days before his 11th birthday. The child was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, blue pajama trousers, and black high-top shoes near his house in the northwest section of town.

In the four months since, the community has gathered over $35,000 through candlelight vigils, fundraisers, and a benefit concert in the hopes of persuading anybody with the knowledge to come forward.

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On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, outside of Brooklyn, a group of ladies approached the halfway mark of a five-mile run in remembrance of Mollie Tibbetts. For the memorial run, hundreds of runners gathered in the eastern Iowa hamlet. (Photo: KELSEY KREMER/THE REGISTER)

The Mollie Tibbetts Memorial Run – Find Xavior Harrelson Fund

Orange ribbons, Xavior’s favorite color, are tied around light posts and trees across the neighborhood and at homes and businesses. Furthermore, investigators stated last month that they hadn’t uncovered any proof of foul play in his disappearance, but they hadn’t ruled it out either.

The corpse was discovered along a gravel road, surrounded by cornfields, other crops, and large wind turbines, bringing back vivid memories of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student who was killed in 2018. After a run in her hometown of Brooklyn, located in Poweshiek County and 15 miles from Montezuma, she was reported missing. Her remains were discovered in a cornfield.

Before drifting off, Mortvedt remarked that it’s awful in any community; but again, on the heels of Mollie Tibbetts.  In addition, Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas E. Kriegel remarked that two lovely people’s lives ended brutally, cruelly.

The Mollie Tibbetts Memorial Run, which took place on Sunday, donated half of its proceeds to the Find Xavior Harrelson Fund.

Anyone with information regarding Xavior’s whereabouts is urged to call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 623-5679 or the Missing Person Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-5507. Anyone with digital information about Xavior’s disappearance may submit tips at, including videos and photos.


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