Prayer vigil, live butterfly release Sunday in honor of missing Montezuma boy

Aruni Soni
Des Moines Register

A prayer vigil and live butterfly release will be held Sunday in honor of Xavior Harrelson, the Montezuma boy who has been missing since May.

Harrelson, 11, was last seen May 27 near his home on the northwest side of Montezuma. He's about 4 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 100 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. 

Sunday's vigil will start at 3 p.m. at the Montezuma High School football field. It's open to the public and attendees are encouraged to wear orange, Harrelson's favorite color.

Xavior Harrelson was reported missing May 27

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office in Harrelson's search. Officers have scouted for surveillance cameras on buildings in town and have scanned video for clues, they've deployed drones and rescue dogs in the search, and volunteers have walked fields and other areas around Spruce Village mobile home park, where Harrelson lives with his mother in the town of about 1,300.

Vigils and fundraisers have drawn thousands of people over the last several weeks, and a reward fund created by the Montezuma State Bank for information on Xavior's case has grown to more than $34,000. A benefit concert held earlier this month raised $5,000 that went toward the reward.

Those with information regarding Xavior's disappearance and whereabouts are asked to call the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office tip line at 641-623-2107. Anyone with digital information regarding his disappearance can submit tips, such as videos or pictures, directly to the FBI.