Police in Davenport, Iowa, said at a press briefing on Thursday that new information in the ongoing search for 10-year-old Breasia Terrell has led them to expand the search area. Investigators, reportedly joined by the FBI, are now focusing their search effort in Clinton County.
Clinton, the county seat, is about an hour’s drive from Davenport, where Breasia vanished in the early hours of Friday morning.
Assistant Police Chief Jeff Bladel said at the news briefing that information developed during the investigation had prompted police to focus on Clinton County, after previous search efforts had been concentrated in and around Credit Island. He did not comment on what type of information led police to expand the search area.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Davenport police announced on Tuesday that Henry Earl Dinkins was a person of interest in the investigation, though he has not been named a suspect. Police had previously urged the public to report any sightings of Dinkins, as well as three vehicles associated with Dinkins, in the hours before and after Breasia was last seen.
On Thursday, Bladel said that Dinkins’s primary vehicle is believed to be a maroon 2007 Chevy Impala.
Dinkins, who is the father of Breasia’s younger brother, was taken into custody on Friday due to an alleged sex offender registry violation. Dinkins was convicted of sexually abusing a minor female victim in 1990, when he was 17 years old.
Anyone with information about Dinkins or Breasia Terrell is urged to call 563-326-6125.
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