Updated: Mar 15
With an incredibly heavy heart, we must report that young 10 year old Breasia Terrell has been confirmed to have been the remains located on March 22, in DeWitt, Iowa. Our deepest condolences to her family, to those who know and love her, to the Davenport Police Department and all agencies who searched to bring her home in these last 9 months.
MESSAGE FROM THE DAVENPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT 3/31/2021
In a joint presentation with multiple law enforcement and community resource partners, The Davenport Police Department announced today that The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory has confirmed through autopsy the human remains found on March 22 in DeWitt, Iowa, are those of Breasia Terrell.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the findings from DCI’s Crime Lab. We grieve alongside Breasia’s family and the community,” said Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski. “What’s important to know is this: the work of our investigators is not over. This is an open and ongoing investigation. We understand that the community wants to know where the investigation stands, and if anyone will be charged in this heinous crime. Because we are fully committed to the integrity of the investigation, we cannot comment on specific details – other than to say we are professionally, thoroughly and with our deepest commitment to justice, continuing the investigation. When we can share details with the community, we will.”
Breasia Terrell, 10 was last seen July 10, 2020 on the 2700 block of East 53rd Street in Davenport. She was last said to be wearing an oversized white T-shirt and shorts. She is described as 4'5 weighing 75 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.
Law enforcement have released the name of their person of interest, 47 year old Henry Earl Dinkins also of Davenport. Dinkins is a registered sex offender. Dinkins was arrested the same day of Breasia's disappearance for a registry violation which is a Class D Felony in Iowa. Authorities berlieve Dinkin's has information in Breasia's disappearance. His initial charge was back in 1990 for a 3rd degree sexual abuse when Dinkins was 17.
He has not been charged in Breasia's disappearance but has been listed as her alleged 'abductor'.
The Davenport police have asked for any information the public may have associated with Dinkin's vehicles between Thursday, July 9 from 10PM, to Friday, July 10 about 12PM within the Quad-Cities area. Dinkins is also connected to the Camanche and Clinton, Iowa areas.
Vehicles associated with Dinkins are as shown. A (1) 2007 Maroon Chevy Impala, a (2) 2012 Black Chevy Camaro, and a (3) 1980's Kings Highway motor home. All three have been impounded for processing.
The FBI have been assisting with Breasia's disappearance.
The Amber Alert is still in effect.
There have been countless searches by volunteers within the communities from far and wide, including searches led by the Davenport Police Department, Scott County Emergency Management, the Clinton County Emergency Management,
Several press conferences and press releases have been made in Breasia's disappearance.
Henry Dinkins is the father to one of Breasia's mother's other children which was a relationship that occurred 10 years ago. At the time of Breasia's disappearance, she had been with her brother visiting Dinkin's.
Breasia's mother Aishia Lankford has been working with law enforcement and speaking to the media. Unfortunately she has been attacked by social media and onlookers, as we have seen in many other cases, with crazy accusations and slanderous remarks.
Please, let's keep our focus on doing what it takes to help find her, by sharing her information or doing searches when needed.
If you have any information on Breasia's disappearance or these vehicles, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-388-3661
Information also by:
Davenport Police Department
Des Moines Register