LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The group of about a dozen people spent Tuesday night replacing blue ribbons around businesses in La Porte City.
"The ribbons are starting to fade a little due to the weather so were replacing them."
Megan Richter-Neiswonger calls them her Blue Crew.
The ribbons are to remind the region that Jake still isn't home.The originally ribbons went up April, just days after Jake disappeared.
Jake asked his step-dad if he could walk to Wolf Creek, just a couple blocks from home. The family hasn't seen him since.
"Him going for a walk was nothing different. That day he had a perfect day he was happy he just wanted to go down to the creek."
The family started to worry after he didn't return for about a half hour. They started their own search first—and soon contacted authorities.
Over the next several days authorities, along with hundreds of other community members, thoroughly searched the area. They didn't find any leads.
"It's just like the first day he went missing."
Even today, four months later, Richter-Neiswonger still can't easily sleep at night.
"I sit out on my front porch with my blue light on and I wait for him to walk back, or someone to drop him off. That hope, that hope that he does home."
If anything, her fears have broadened.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing, and anything is possible, including abduction.
"My hope is that he followed directions and an accident may have happened in the creek. My other fear is someone kidnapped—it's just my motherly instinct that he's not going to come home," Richter-Neiswonger said.