LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (CBS2/ FOX 28) —
It was a surge of emotions inside the La Porte City police station on Wednesday for 16-year-old Jake Wilson's family and those who've been working tirelessly to bring him home.
"They're still in the midst of a major tragedy to their family," said La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher.
"It's not exactly the way we wanted it to be, but we're still hoping for a good conclusion," said Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson.
Law enforcement said recreational kayakers found human remains on Tuesday in and around Wolf Creek in rural La Porte City.
"What has been found is consistent with what we're looking for, and it's also been consistent with one of the areas we were expecting to find items," said Brecher.
Law enforcement said even if DNA testing confirms they have found Jake, they are still combing the water for more answers.
"It's not enough, if this is Iake, it's not enough to recover him for his family. We want to know why. We want to know how. We want to know what," said Thompson.
As authorities continue to search for answers in the water, they said the best thing residents can do is keep hope alive, just as they've done in the past.
"If we get a call in two hours saying, 'hey, I think we saw Jake,' we will still treat that as though we have nothing," said Brecher.
In keeping hope alive, police also hope the community will give them the space they need to find out more.
"So recreational kayakers, please do not kayak on Wolf Creek in the coming days. Allow us to do right by Jake Wilson," said Thompson.
Law enforcement said they hope to have more information in the next two weeks as they bring search teams in the water and equipment.
Right now they will not willing comment on whether any foul play was involved in Jake's disappearance.