Water search for missing La Porte City teen to resume

Jake Wilson last seen on April 7.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 10:56 AM
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 1:46 PM

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities intend to renew their water search for an eastern Iowa teenager who's been missing for nearly three weeks.

Sixteen-year-old Jake Wilson, of La Porte City, was last seen around 9 p.m. April 7, going for a walk to nearby Wolf Creek. A search began less than an hour later, when he didn't return home.

His mother, Megan Neiswonger, has said Jake has autism with a mild intellectual disorder and functions at the level of a 9-year-old.

La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher says trained crews from law enforcement and fire departments will be involved Saturday and Sunday, as well as heavy equipment to pull apart log jams in Wolf Creek.

"These are areas that a large amount of debris are collecting," says Brecher.  "We will also be covering multiple other snag areas in the creek with personnel in dry suits. With the waters rising then lowering, it changes the demographic of the creek bed to the point that objects shift and move creating an opportunity for items once stuck below, to rise to the surface. Once this weekend concludes we will decide what our plan of action is going forward."

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