Police, family and concerned neighbors are desperately searching for a missing 10-year-old girl who vanished in Davenport, Iowa, late last week.
According to KWQC, Breasia Terrell was last seen in the early hours of Friday morning at the 2700 block of East 53rd Street in Davenport. Breasia’s grandmother Donita Gardner told the Quad City Times that Breasia had gone to stay at the home of Henry Earl Dinkins on Thursday night with her cousin, who is reportedly Dinkins’s son. The little girl had vanished by Friday morning.
Dinkins is a registered sex offender with a criminal history. Breasia’s family reportedly asked police to search Fejervary Park and a lagoon at Credit Island after they heard a tip that Dinkins mentioned something about “Mother Goose.” According to the Quad City Times, there is a large Mother Goose structure at the entrance to the park, where police and volunteers were seen scouring the area on Friday.
#BREAKING: Family and DPD tell me a search at Credit Island in Davenport is connected to missing 10-year-old Breasia Terrell. Here’s a new photo provided by Breasia’s mom. DPD could not confirm how/why they are searching here. She was last seen in the area of E. 53rd St @kwqcnews pic.twitter.com/yhiObFO67v
— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) July 11, 2020
Police reportedly also searched Dinkins’s apartment on Friday, and later the same day took him into custody on a sex offender violation. Dinkins allegedly failed to comply with sex-offender registry requirements, according to documents obtained by the Quad City Times. He has not been charged in connection to Breasia’s disappearance.
Davenport Police are reportedly offering a $3,500 reward for information leading to the missing 10-year-old girl, or information “which leads to an arrest of anyone who may have taken part in her disappearance.”
Breasia’s mother Aishia Lankford is hoping someone with information will come forward.
Lankford spoke to reporters on Saturday as she participated in a volunteer search of Credit Island, which she believes is a key location in her daughter’s disappearance.
“Her picture is everywhere. Everywhere. And nobody has called and come forward,” Lankford told WQAD on Saturday.
“I had to go home last night without a baby and I’ll be damned if I go home again without one,” Lankford said.
Breasia’s mother also said that the little girl has physical disabilities related to her hearing and sight.
“Her eyesight is kinda messed up out of her left eye and she can’t hear out of her left ear,” Lankford told the Muscatine Journal.
According to KWQC, Breasia is described as 4 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 75 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops.
We are seeking our community’s assistance in locating 10-year-old Breasia Terrell who was reported as a missing person. If you have information about Breasia’s whereabouts, please call 9-1-1. pic.twitter.com/E8k93RbyCF
— Davenport IA Police (@DavenportPolice) July 10, 2020
Police have urged anyone with information to call 911.
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