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Public's help sought pursuing possible lead in disappearance of teen in La Porte City

Jake Wilson

Missing since April 7
Jake Wilson Missing since April 7

LA PORTE CITY — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in a possible lead in the disappearance of Jake Wilson, 16, a week ago.

Anyone in La Porte City around 8:30 p.m. April 7 who saw someone walking in the areas of Commercial Street and Bishop Road is asked to come forward.

“Any direction. We’re looking for descriptions. We’re looking for confirmation on some other things that have been said,” Black Hawk County Sheriff Tommy Thompson said Saturday.

Jake was last seen April 7 when he said he was going to nearby Wolf Creek around 8:30 or 9 p.m. and would be right back. His family called authorities when he failed to return. In the past week hundreds of volunteers, professional searchers and investigators have been looking for him.

Jake has autism with a mild intellectual disorder and functions as a 9-year-old, according to his mother.

Crews continued to search Wolf Creek on Saturday amid high winds, rain and hail.

A new device was unleashed in the creek — a remote-controlled underwater vehicle that goes places people can’t. A search team from Illinois is assisting with the underwater sonar capabilities.

In addition, law enforcement wants anyone who was in any part of La Porte City on April 7 to upload photos and video to fbi.gov/laportecityiowa. The website was announced Friday.

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Thompson and La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher spoke to volunteer firefighters and residents the fire station Saturday morning, reiterating the need to see those pictures and video.

“We know that there was activity. We know there were events going on in town,” he said.

“This is very seriously a demand now.”

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