New blue ribbons symbolize continuing hope to bring Jake Wilson home

Tuesday night marked four months since La Porte City teen Jake Wilson vanished while he was out for a walk in his hometown.

Volunteers and investigators have searched land and water across the region for the 16-year-old with autism since his April 7 disappearance, and the teen’s mother posted a heartfelt message to social media earlier in the day to mark the somber date. 

Wilson’s parents, together with neighbors and volunteers in La Porte City, also put up a new batch of blue ribbons around the eastern Iowa community on Tuesday evening. Original ribbons were hung around the city shortly after Wilson went missing this spring.

Fellow residents are working hard to keep Wilson’s name in the ears of people around the state, as the search for missing college student and Brooklyn native Mollie Tibbetts reached a 20th day on Tuesday.

"With the horrible, horrible story of Mollie going missing, it emphasizes the importance of keeping these kids out in the news headlines," said Shelly Hopkins, of La Porte City. "Whether they’re small town kids or big city kids, they’re still kids and we have to keep them out in the public eye, it’s so easy to get busy with other things."

Officers with the La Porte City Police Department say the force continues to investigate leads in the case. You can contact them by calling 319-342-2236 with any information you have on Wilson’s disappearance.



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