Davenport police held a press conference Tuesday afternoon, when they confirmed that Henry Earl Dinkins is a person of interest in the disappearance of 10-year-old Breasia Taylor.
Dinkins, a registered sex offender who was convicted at age 17 of sexually abusing a female victim under age 13 or under, has been in custody at the Scott County Jail since Friday on a sex offender registry violation. According to multiple reports, Breasia is believed to have been at Dinkins’s home in Davenport on Thursday night, and was last seen at or in the area of his residence in the early hours of Friday morning. Police searched the home later Friday, shortly before arresting Dinkins, who is accused of failing to report a change of address.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski asked for the public’s help in constructing a timeline of Dinkins’s movements in the hours before and after Breasia disappeared. He noted that Dinkins had not been formally charged at that time with any crimes directly connected to Breasia’s disappearance.
“A person of interest is someone who has not been arrested or formally charged in this case, but may have information that could assist the investigation or possess certain characteristics that merit further attention by investigators,” Sikorski clarified during the press conference, according to the Globe Gazette.
Davenport police confirmed Henry E. Dinkins is a person of interest related to the case of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell during a press conference. https://t.co/XNYoJI2870
— Angela Rose (@AngelaRoseTV) July 14, 2020
Dinkins said that police had impounded three vehicles associated with Dinkins: a 2012 Black Chevy Camaro, a 2007 Maroon Chevy Impala, and a 1980s Kings Highway motorhome.
The police chief urged anyone who saw Dinkins or any of those three vehicles between 10 p.m. Thursday, July 9 to 12 p.m. Friday, July 10 to call 911 right away.
Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski stood in the police department’s crowded conference room Tuesday and named Henry Earl Dinkins “a person of interest” in the disappearance of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell. https://t.co/EMuIkZdUIf
— Quad-City Times (@qctimes) July 14, 2020
CrimeOnline spoke to Breasia’s aunt Lakeshia Lanford on Tuesday, who confirmed that her family has known Dinkins for years. As previously reported, Breasia’s mother Aishia Lankford told the Quad City Times on Tuesday that Dinkins is the father of her 8-year-old child, and that she met with him at the Scott County Jail on Tuesday at his request. Aishia is no longer in a relationship with Dinkins, and Breasia’s aunt told CrimeOnline that another man had played the role of father figure to Breasia. The specifics of any conversation Aisha Lankford had with Dinkins on Tuesday have not been disclosed.
Earlier local reports had indicated that Breasia was at the home with her cousin, who was reported to be Dinkins’s son. An earlier version of this story stated that the aunt believed Breasia had been at the home with her brother, but in a subsequent conversation Lakeshia said she could not confirm this, as she is and was not in the Davenport area at the time Breasia went missing, and cannot be sure of the circumstances of the apparent visit to Dinkins’s home on Thursday night. Lakeshia said that another family member, her cousin, has a child with Dinkins, but did not share any further information about the child’s identity.
Breasia’s aunt said she hopes Dinkins remains in custody and cooperates with the investigation, indicating that she did not believe he had been forthcoming so far regarding anything he might know about Breasia’s disappearance.
“I feel like he has to rot in there,” Lakeshia said. “We want answers.”
Lakeshia said she has a daughter of her own, and that Dinkins had repeatedly asked in the past to take care of her.
“I said no,” Lakeshia said. “You know when someone is a molester.”
Lakeshia said she could only speak for herself about her impressions of Dinkins, and said she could not share any further details about the circumstances of Breasia’s reported visit to his home on Thursday night.
“I really want [Breasia] to come home,” the little girl’s aunt said.
CrimeOnline is attempting to confirm information we have received about possible additional charges filed against Dinkins on Tuesday. Online jail records accessed by CrimeOnline do not yet reflect this information and attempts to reach the Davenport Police Department and the Scott County Jail have been unsuccessful.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates once more information is available.
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