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IA JAKE WILSON: Missing from LaPorte, IA - 7 April 2018 - Age 16 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search is on for missing LaPorte teen


    Authorities are looking for a missing LaPorte City who failed to return home Saturday night.

    According to relatives and police, 16-year-old Jake Wilson left his home near Commercial Street around 9 p.m.,saying he was going to go to nearby Wolf Creek and come right back.

    When he didn’’t return about half an hour later, family members began looking for him, said mother Megan Neiswonger.

    She said her husband took a kayak out on the creek but was unable to locate him.

    LaPorte City police officers and firefighters walked the creek on both sides in both directions, and officers from neighboring Hudson and deputies from the Black Hawk and Benton county sheriff’s offices combed the area.

    Jake is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds with hazel eyes and dirty blonde hair and glasses, his mother said. He was wearing a brown zip-up jacket, dark sweatpants and cowboy boots.

    He has Autism with a mild intellectual disorder, his mother said.


    Media - https://crimewatchers.net/forum/ind...m-la-porte-city-iowa-since-april-7-2018.3392/
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2018
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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family desperate to find missing autistic teen boy says he simply ‘vanished’

    Authorities are searching for an autistic Iowa teen who disappeared from on Saturday and hasn’t been seen since.

    “It’s like he just vanished,” Megan Neiswonger, mother of missing teen Jake Wilson told The Courier.”We searched everywhere.”

    Jake, 16, went to Tootsie’s ice cream shop in La Porte City on Saturday evening. He returned homed and asked if he could go to the nearby Wolf Creek. He told his family he would return shortly but after failing to come home, his family became worried and contacted the police. Neiswonger’s husband searched the creek while on a kayak while other family members searched surrounding areas but found no signs of the teen.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Hundreds come out in La Porte City to search for missing autistic teen

    Hundreds of people showed up at the La Porte Fire Station to help first responders search for 16-year old Jake Wilson. Police say Wilson was last seen at 9:00 p.m Saturday on his way to Wolf Creek. Authorities say the creek is three blocks from his home.

    People searched by foot, on kayaks, and used a drone to try finding Wilson. They also knocked on doors, and searched hiding places for him.

    Sheriff Tony Thompson with Black Hawk County says Wilson has the mind of a -9-year old, so they have to search every nook and cranny across town for him.

    He says of the searching technique, “What would catch (Wilson’s) attention, what might intrigue them, what might captivate them for attention or response, or contrary to that, kids can get small, so what spaces might they pursue that an adult wouldn’t?”

    Thompson says right now, they are not treating this as a criminal investigation. If Wilson does not show up in La Porte City, then officials will move the search to the outskirts of town.

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  4. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    :praying: for this young man and his family.
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search resumes 8 a.m. Monday for missing LaPorte City boy; Farmers asked to check outbuildings, vehicles

    Law enforcement officials continue their search at 8 a.m., Monday of a five-mile radius of the city for a 16 year old autistic boy last seen about 9 p.m. Saturday when he left for a walk.

    The LA Porte City Police Department requested farmers within that five-mile radius to search any farm equipment or outbuildings on their property. These are areas where Jake Wilson could take shelter from the cold and the snow.

    Although the active search has ended for the night, it resumes at 8 a.m. Monday. Volunteers should gather at the La Porte City Fire Department.

    “Jake is still missing and we need everyone’s help to bring him home,” the La Porte City Police said in a Facebook post.

    Wilson was wearing a brown zip-up hoody, dark pants, and cowboy boots.

    “Farmers who live within a five-mile radius of La Porte City are asked to search their outbuildings, vehicles, and any other place he could be trying to keep warm.”

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Authorities need your help finding missing autistic teenager

    Authorities are still searching for an autistic teenager who disappeared this weekend as snowfall made its way through the state Sunday.


    La Porte City, Iowa Police Department --- https://www.facebook.com/laportecitypd/

    We are completely overwhelmed by the amount of support we have from our communities in the search for Jake Wilson. Jake is still missing and we need everyone’s help to bring him home. Jake is 16 years old with autism. He was last seen Saturday night at 9:00 P.M. going for a walk. He was wearing a brown zip up hoody, dark pants, and cowboy boots. Farmers who live within a 5 mile radius of La Porte City are asked to search their outbuildings, vehicles, and any other place he could be trying to keep warm. If you have any information regarding his disappearance please contact the La Porte City Police Department at 319-342-2232 or non-emergency dispatch 319-291-2515. We will be meeting at the Fire Station tomorrow morning (Monday 4-9-18) at 8 A.M. to continue searching. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    UPDATE: Search continues for missing teen in eastern Iowa

    Black Hawk County authorities conducting a search for a missing teen with autism said no new volunteer search teams will be going out Monday evening.

    Authorities expect to debrief returning teams on what they saw shortly after 5:30 p.m. A decision will be made shortly after that about continuing the search on Tuesday.

    One public information officer with the search said some of the professional search and rescue teams have packed up and left with no new areas for them to search.

    Authorities are expected to brief the media on the latest developments sometime before 6:00 p.m.

    Black Hawk County authorities say the search for a missing teen who is autistic has now expanded several miles beyond the initial area.

    Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson briefed reporters on the second day progress shortly before noon on Monday.

    The Sheriff says as many as 800 volunteers turned out the first day of the search on Sunday. The number of volunteers was down to about 350 on Monday. The sheriff says more volunteers are still need, and there is also a call for any with ATV or UTV vehicles to report to the fire station and aid the effort.

    During the briefing, the Sheriff said searchers have not found anything definitely linked to Jake Wilson. Authorities are not treating this as criminal yet, but are processing potential evidence in case there are any signs of foul play.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Few clues found in search for missing La Porte City teenager

    “At this point, we still have no good lead…no strong information that drives us in a particular direction,” Thompson said. “So, we’re still canvassing in a very large scope and a very wide net.” The wintery weather has added to a sense of urgency in the case.

    “The first night was 13 degrees and (Sunday) night there was a blanket of snow,” Thompson noted. La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher said they’re still searching the creek, but volunteers are also fanning out in fields and wooded areas with ATVs and snowmobiles.

    “We are doing some more…open area searches,” Brecher said. “In the five or six mile radius that we are heavily targeting, this is kind of the last step in knowing for sure that we’ve exhausted all of our options in our current radius.” The search of Wolf Creek and the Cedar River involves a sonar device.

    “There’s a lot of timber that surrounds Wolf Creek, there’s a lot of trees that have fallen, and this is a flood plain,” Brecher said. “So, it’s not uncommon for the creek to rise significantly and when that happens, you get logjams throughout the creek.”

    Sheriff Thompson said there’s no evidence yet to indicate foul play or that this might be a criminal case.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search continues for autistic Iowa teen who disappeared nearly 2 days ago

    Authorities in eastern Iowa continued to search for an autistic teenager Monday afternoon who was reported missing Saturday night.

    The search was not a criminal investigation, but "nothing is off the table," Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said Monday evening, according to a video posted by KWWL. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI have been called in to assist, he said.

    "We're still holding out hopes, we're giving prayers and hoping that we find this young man alive and well," he told reporters. "However, we are realistic in recognizing that after 24 to 48 hours, it's about time to really ramp up what we're doing."

    Investigators will work through the night on the case, which will include reviewing videos from home security systems and businesses.

    "We've got hundreds of hours of stuff to view," Thompson said.

  10. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

    In just 30 minutes this child disappeared. He is verbal and would respond if people were calling for him which makes we wonder if he got hurt or fell and couldn't communicate. I haven't read yet what his reason was to go to Wolf Creek. Does anyone else know?
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Authorities Searching for Missing Iowa Teen With Autism

    Crews used kayaks, K-9s, horses, and even drones to search the area, and hundreds of volunteers walked through thick brush to try and locate him. On Monday, crews began using sonar to search the waters of Wolf Creek. Volunteer searchers say they wont stop until they find Jake.

    “I said does that mean we are going to have such a big group of people every day? Probably not, probably going to start dwindling down within the next few days, but I will be here every day until he is found and something is done,” said La Porte City resident Christian Hoyas.

    Crews say they have factored out the chance of Jake getting on a freight train because it never stopped in town on Saturday, and they have also searched Hickory Hills Park twice as it is a location Jake loved to visit.

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I don't know why he wanted to go to the creek. I just assumed it was a place he enjoyed.I know people with autism can be drawn to water. But... I don't know about his area of Iowa specifically, but this time of year here, it's dark at 9:00.
    Did Jake have a habit of going to the creek at night? I fear that maybe because it was dark, he slipped and fell in.
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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I've seen a number of cases where kids with autism were drawn to water. My own Aspie son used to be drawn to it as well. They have no sense of danger at that age. :(
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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    UPDATE: Still no sign of missing boy with autism in northeast Iowa

    Authorities say the search will continue Wednesday for Jake Wilson.

    The 16-year-old with Autism went missing Saturday after going for a walk. The La Porte City Police Department says the search will resume Wednesday at 8 am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the fire station and people are being asked to contribute ATs and UTVs to allow searchers to cover a bigger area.

    Anyone bringing ATVs or UTVs should park them in the empty lot next to the car wash on the corner of Main Street and Tama Street.

    La Port City police say they appreciate everyone help and their donations of time, money, and food.

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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    DAY 4: Special investigators working every angle to #BringJakeHome

    It has been nearly 72 hours since 16-year-old Jake Wilson was seen leaving his La Porte City home Saturday night.

    The massive search to bring Jake home has brought hundreds of volunteers and multiple local, state and national agencies to the small Iowa city.

    Tuesday's search began with a sweep of a small area along the creek's bank. More than 300 volunteers linked arms and slowly walked the area, scanning the ground for any sign of Jake.

    Those who showed up to give their time say it's just what you do. It's what it means to be an Iowan.

    "I think so. Especially small towns. I really do believe that small towns get together maybe a little bit better," said Paul Mittan, a volunteer from Blairstown.

    After multiple searches of the creek and bank with kayaks and sonar over the past two days, dive teams were deployed Tuesday into the chilly murky waters.

    On land, caravans of UTVs and ATVs moved out, leaving the La Porte City Fire Department to cover miles of trails and open fields.

    With much of Tuesday's search including new territory in an expanded nine-mile radius, the operation is using every tool available, including drones, UTVs, ATVs, horses and dogs to cover the large area.

    "We stayed strong from yesterday to today. I assume that we will probably end at about 400 [volunteers], about like we did yesterday. That is a good sign. It shows there is still a lot of optimism in the community," said La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher.

    Hitting the three-day mark, Chief Brecher says, because Jake is autistic and now off his medication, they are anticipating changes in his behavior.

    "As his mentality changes, they way he does things changes. We have to plan for a multitude of emotions that would come from him; maybe he would start hiding out," said Chief Brecher, going on to list other possible behavior changes.

    As the search expands, so does the investigation. Special investigators are working on every angle, sifting through hours of surveillance video and witness statements.

    "We've got a very small window of time that we don't know where we are at. We are still nailing that down. As well as there is a ton of ancillary evidence coming in and things we are digesting," said Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson.

    Sheriff Thompson says the number of agencies involved in the investigation continues to grow. The operation now includes FBI agents from multiple states, DCI, Iowa Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, various local law enforcement investigators, and representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Day 4: Search for La Porte City missing teen continues

    Police have determined Jake Wilson was not wearing his glasses when he left the house, as they have been found at his home.

    At 9:30 a.m. around 250 volunteers were helping with the search on Wednesday.

    An update on the search will be given during a press conference at 11:45 a.m.

    Photos can be found below of Jake with and without his glasses.


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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Godspeed to these searchers! None of this is good and now we want a miracle!
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  18. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    From your lips to God's ears! :praying:
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  19. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

    There is truth behind strength in numbers...

    The search for answers has been especially hard for Wilson’s loved ones as they endure yet another 24 hours without a significant sign of the teen. Helping them cope, Drew Collins, father of Elizabeth Collins— one of two cousins who disappeared from Evansdale in 2012. Their bodies were found months later.

    “I just told them to dig deep and stay together,” said Collins. “It’s important to never give up hope until there is no hope, I think.”

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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Jake Wilson search: Volunteers no longer needed in search for La Porte City teen

    The search for a missing autistic 16-year-old will continue Thursday without the help of volunteers from the public.

    Investigators told reporters Wednesday night that they've reached a point in their investigation where large numbers of volunteers are no longer needed to search for Jake Wilson in the area around La Porte City in northeast Iowa.

    Instead, further searches will be handled by professionals with specialized skills like K-9 units, dive squads and water rescue teams.

    "We still are very optimistic about everything and we are a bit surprised that we got to this point in our investigation so quickly," La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher said. "And it’s mainly because of the huge, massive turnouts that we had."

    Although Wilson remains missing and authorities are asking the public to stay home, they reiterated that the search is still on.

    "We are absolutely committed and absolutely dedicated to doing exactly what we’re doing right now for as long as it takes," said Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson. "We want to bring Jake home and that’s our ultimate goal and that’s our absolute conviction. We’re here until we do that."

    The warming weather improved search conditions Wednesday as snow melted, but going forward law enforcement will have a more difficult task in front of them as they begin targeted searches of heavily wooded areas and opaque waters.

    The search has been expanded to roughly a 10-mile radius, Brecher said, including at least six miles upstream and as many more downstream.

    Sonar is being used to aid in searching the creek, Brecher said, and professional dive and water rescue teams will go over sections of the creek with greater deliberation Thursday.

    The teams still searching on land will be more specialized as well, and will employ K-9 units and other strategies to check specific areas that have been flagged for follow-up. Those include fringe areas like creek banks, ditches and tree lines near wooded areas — places where it would be harder to spot someone.

    That's why it's important for the public to stay home and let law enforcement exert more control over the search, to avoid potentially contaminating an area of interest.

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