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Iowa ATF: New Sharon search warrant not connected to Xavior Harrelson case

Local and federal authorities are investigating the death of Xavior Harrelson in Montezuma.
Local and federal authorities are investigating the death of Xavior Harrelson in Montezuma.
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 4:06 PM CDT
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NEW SHARON, Iowa (KYOU) - Officials executed a federal search warrant at a home in New Sharon, Iowa in what many thought was in connection to the Xavior Harrelson investigation on Tuesday morning. The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the search happened at around 6:45 a.m.

Public Information Officer and Senior Investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives John Ham tells KYOU the search warrant was issued due to violations of federal gun laws. “Our warranted was just for that,” Ham said.

He adds that “any evidence that would have been recovered from the scene would have been only pertinent to that investigation.”

Ham did confirm Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation was on the scene as the house was at one point involved “in some way” in the Mollie Tibbetts trial.

A family member of Xavior Harrelson also confirmed to KYOU no family members live in the home at this time.

On Friday, officials confirmed human remains found in rural Poweshiek County late last month are those of Xavior Harrelson, the 10-year-old boy who disappeared from Montezuma on May 27th.

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