A registered sex offender believed to be one of the last people to see Breasia Terrell has reportedly been named a person of interest in the 10-year-old girl’s disappearance — and the missing girl’s mother has confirmed she has a personal relationship with Henry Earl Dinkins, a man who has became a major focus of the investigation.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Breasia was last seen early Friday morning at the 2700 block of East 53rd Street in Davenport. Family members previously said Breasia and a cousin had planned to spend Thursday night at Dinkins’ home, reportedly her cousin’s father. Dinkins resides at 2744 E. 53rd Street, according to the Quad City Times.
Shortly after Davenport police searched Dinkins’s residence on Friday, he was taken into custody on charges of violating sex offender registration laws. According to KCRG, Dinkins had changed his address and reportedly failed to notify authorities, as is required by law.
Police have released very little information about the ongoing investigation into Breasia’s disappearance, but CrimeOnline has learned they will hold a press conference with updates on the case on Tuesday afternoon.
Breasia’s mother Aishia Lankford told the Quad City Times on Tuesday that she met with Dinkins, reportedly at his request, at the Scott County Jail. While Lankford could not disclose details of their conversation with the Quad City Times reporter who recorded a video interview with her, she told the reporter that she had a previous relationship with Dinkins, who is the father of her 8-year-old child.
KCRG obtained court documents showing that Dinkins’s court-appointed attorney in the sex offender violation case, Russell A. Dircks, has asked to be removed from the case because his wife, who is a teacher, has a relationship with Breasia, which presents a conflict of interest. In the motion to withdraw as counsel, Dircks described Dinkins as a person of interest in Breasia’s disappearance, though police have not confirmed this.
Anyone with possible information about Breasia Terrell’s whereabouts is urged to call 911.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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