Tammi Quinlan of Deep River ties a new orange ribbon around a light pole on the Poweshiek County Courthouse lawn on Saturday, Oct. 9 on behalf of Xavior Harrelson, the 11-year-old Montezuma boy who went missing on May 27. The remains of an adolescent were found on Sept. 30 by an area farmer doing field work about four miles northwest of Montezuma. The Iowa State Medical Examiner notified the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office on Friday, Oct. 15 that the remains were that of Xavior.
Mayor Jacki Bolen asked for volunteers to remember Xavior (prior to the announcement from the medical examiner) by tying new orange ribbons, Xavior's favorite color, on the courthouse lawn in his honor.
"The (original) orange ribbons that were put up four months ago were becoming weathered," noted Bolen. "With Xavior heavy on our hearts and in our minds, I thought it would be a good time to replace them."
Around 13 volunteers came from Montezuma, Deep River, Searsboro, Des Moines and Eddyville to cut and place new ribbons.
You can view Xavior's obituary at: https://www.mitchellfh.com/obituaries/Xavior-Harrelson?obId=22702805.