Search for Missing Teen Expands

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The La Porte City Police Chief said the search for a missing teen is moving to other areas after crews completed the search at Wolf Creek.

16-year-old Jake Wilson, who is on the autism spectrum, was last seen the night of April 7 when he left to walk to Wolf Creek. That triggered a massive volunteer search effort with hundreds of people scouring several miles around the creek with no sign of Wilson or foul play.

Authorities then began using heavy equipment to clear large blockages from Wolf Creek. Chief Chris Brecher said that work was completed Sunday afternoon. He said 25 police and fire personnel cleared a small portion of the creek the equipment was unable to clear because of depths and unstable creek bed conditions.

Brecher said, at this time there are no plans to recheck the creek. Instead, authorities will use leads they receive to expand into different search areas. The chief also said investigators have not ruled out anything, including "the possibility that Jake may not be in Wolf Creek or the surrounding land areas."

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