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Search continues for Jake Wilson of La Porte City

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Authorities are planning another big water search this weekend in an effort to bring Jake Wilson home.

The 16-year-old with autism was last seen more than two weeks ago on Saturday, April 7.

This past weekend, crews expanded their search with sonar technology from Wolf Creek to the Cedar River. On Monday, boats started in Vinton and worked their way north to La Porte City.

This upcoming weekend, crews are going back to the water. They will be using heavy equipment to break-up larger log jams in the Cedar River.  Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson says the investigation keeps taking them back to the water.

"We've got to continue to help support the operations side," said Sheriff Thompson. "If that is the one true lead, the one realistic, most plausible explanation, then we have to continue to support what La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher's operation is doing."

The creek and the river have a lot of debris, being swept by the current, which is why crews are going back in to make sure they have covered every area they need to. 

In the meantime, Sheriff Thompson wanted to thank all the agencies and the hundreds of volunteers who showed up each and every day to search for Jake. They were out in the rain, snow, hail, and sleet during the first few days.

He says in part, "While I hold my head high for having been blessed to work with all these folks in very rough conditions, we have not yet done the one thing we promised to do----to bring Jake home. The work continues until that time."

Anyone with information is asked to call Black Hawk County Dispatch at (319) 291-2515.

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