Authorities confirm Breasia Terrell AMBER Alert remains active; cancellation was ‘administrative error’

Authorities believe Breasia was kidnapped

Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET:

The earlier reported AMBER Alert issued for missing Breasia Terrell remains active, despite an error indicating the alert had been cancelled.

As KWQC reports, authorities in Davenport, Iowa, have confirmed that the AMBER Alert issued just after midnight on Wednesday remains active and was not intended to be cancelled.

The news station obtained a media release from the State of Iowa stating that “an administrative error by the State of Iowa appeared to cancel the Amber Alert for Breasia Terrell,” the city said in the release. “The Amber Alert for Breasia Terrell has NOT expired and the Davenport Police Department is working diligently with the State of Iowa to correct the error and is actively investigating this case.”

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Authorities in Iowa have issued an AMBER Alert for missing Breasia Terrell, the 10-year-old who vanished in Davenport overnight late last week.

As the Quad City Times reports, the Iowa Department of Public Safety issued the Amber Alert shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The alert means that the child is suspected to have been kidnapped, and the newspaper reports that authorities believe the kidnapping suspect is Henry Earl Dinkins, who the Davenport police named as a person of interest on Tuesday.

It is not yet clear if Dinkins, a registered sex offender, has been formally charged with kidnapping. He has been in custody since Friday, shortly after police searched the home where he had been living. He is accused of failing to report an address change to authorities, which is a sex offender registry violation.

Breasia was reportedly last seen at or near the residence at the 2700 block of East 53rd Street before 3 a.m. on Friday, though police have not said who last saw her or precisely where she was. There have been conflicting reports about whether Breasia was at the home with her brother or a cousin.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski asked for the public’s help in tracing Dinkins’s whereabouts in the hours before and after Breasia was last seen. He confirmed that police had impounded three vehicles connected to Dinkins: A 2012 Black Chevy Camaro, a 2007 Maroon Chevy Impala, and a 1980s Kings Highway motorhome.

Anyone who thinks they 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 or the Davenport police immediately. 

Read more:

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