LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (CBS2/ FOX 28) — Authorities in La Porte City are now conducting search efforts in Wolf Creek where human remains were first discovered this week.
They said those remains could be those of 16-year-old Jake Wilson, who went missing in La Porte City on a walk to the creek on April 7. On Thursday, law enforcement said the remains found are consistent with their investigation into Jake's disappearance, but could not comment on any specific evidence they found.
On Friday, three K9 teams searched in and around Wolf Creek where recreational kayakers first found those human remains on Tuesday.
The dogs were looking for clues that could help them confirm if this is Jake and if so, what happened.
In the meantime, residents in La Porte City are silently coping with this new information.
"You know, I think there is kind of a half side of relief. You know the community is glad we're on the right path," said La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher.
As K9 teams searched for more remains in the water, they also helped create a perimeter where search teams can begin looking for additional clues on Monday if the weather cooperates.
"Until we have our final answer, have our definitive answer...you know we're just not going to be satisfied," said Brecher.
Police said water depth and clarity could have played a role in preventing them from finding evidence of Jake in the water in the past, but they are still not ruling out any possibilities.
"It's a head-scratcher, we had a lot of assets right there and it's very frustrating," said Brecher.
Chief Brecher said the community has shown strength and support during this difficult time , but, again, he urges people to give him and the teams working in the water the space they need, so they can help get residents the answers they deserve.
"Don't go wandering, kind of leave our area be," he said. "We have things that we want the least disrupted as possible, so that way we can continue our efforts."
Authorities said they are not in a good position to discuss if they found anything from Friday's search, but they expect to have more information in the coming weeks.
So far, they are also not commenting on whether they think foul play was a factor or not.