In Facebook posts and on lamp posts, via social media and traditional media, the friends, family, neighbors and community surrounding Jake Wilson’s family continue to search for the boy, who was last seen April 7.
“No answers yet, but we are committed and hopeful,” Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson wrote on Facebook yesterday. “We go back to the Cedar River this week to work our technology to help find young Jake Wilson.”
Today, Sheriff Thompson added, “Today, we continue the efforts to find young Jake Wilson. We are undeterred and unswayed by time or effort. Please keep his family and our searchers in your prayers as we continue to work at keeping our promise that we’ll leave no stone unturned to #bringjakehome.”
Jake told his mother on a Saturday night that he was going on a short walk, to Wolf Creek. He did not return home that night; a community search with many volunteers began early the next morning.
Since then, the LPC Police Department and Fire Department, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and other public safety agencies have been searching for Jake in and near the Wolf Creek area.
“Over the weekend we cleared a large area of Wolf Creek,” says La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher. “Large machinery was brought in to remove a few large blockages. At this point we have not had any relevant discoveries in the water. We are currently in the stages of ongoing operation planning. What we have planned so far for the week will be Cedar River operations. The Black Hawk County Sheriff will have his boat patrol on the Cedar from Vinton to La Porte City. Sonar will be used with this team as well.”
In honor of Jake, some Union school athletic teams have replaced their traditional are black and red colors with blue. The girls soccer and golf teams are among those that have been wearing blue in honor of Jake, a Union sophomore who is autistic and has a mild learning disability. The “Team Jake” shirts combine the blue puzzle piece theme that represents autism with a heart representing the community’s love for Jake and his family.
Jake loved working out in the weight room, says P.E. Teacher Scott Denner, who posted a video in which he discusses Jake’s unique approach to strength training.
Denner organized a “Jakey” workout for P.E. classes in the week after Jake’s disappearance, basing the reps on what Jake did in the last recorded workout before his disappearance. All of the students were asked to wear blue to school on the same day, and Denner’s P.E. classes honored him with this work-out.
“The search is on,” Denner says in the video. “We have tons of volunteers searching and praying…” See that video HERE.
The community gathered on April 20 to pray, and then the residents joined the LPC Chamber of Commerce in helping put up blue ribbons throughout the town in honor of Jake. Michele Bush created “#bringjakehome” window clings, which now adorn many vehicles and buildings throughout the area. Ribbons line the light poles in the downtown area, and appear throughout the community and on the flag pole and front entrance of Union High School.
Vigil set for Monday
The La Porte City PD announced via Facebook Tuesday that a candlelight vigil for Jake Wilson will take place on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Wolf Creek Landing (corner of Main and Tama St) in La Porte City. The public is invited to begin gathering at 8:00 PM with candle lighting taking place at 8:45 PM. If inclement weather people will be directed to go to the American Lutheran Church at 801 Monroe St. in La Porte City.
Pastor Nathan Clements from American Lutheran Church and Amanda Goodman with Family and Children’s Council will be speaking at the vigil.
The vigil is not an acceptance that Jake is gone but instead a show of support to Jake’s family and friends and a reminder that he is in everyone’s thoughts as the search and investigation continues.
There is limited parking at Wolf Creek Landing. Additional parking is available at Union High School or the City parking lot across from the fire station.