Investigators have confirmed that a missing Iowa girl was found dead in a pond last week.
KCCI reports that a fisherman first discovered human remains in a pond in DeWitt, which is about 20 miles from Davenport, where the 10-year-old girl lived.
Breasia had been missing since July 2020, when she went with her half-brother to spend the night at his father’s home and vanished during the night. That man, Henry Dinkins, has been named a person of interest in Breasia’s disappearance. He was taken into custody shortly after Breasia vanished on unrelated charges. The registered sex offender had failed to report a change of address, police said.
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According to the KCCI report, Davenport police held a press conference on Wednesday, when they confirmed that the remains were that of the missing girl.
Dinkins is in custody and remains a person of interest. Police have not yet named him a suspect in Breasia’s death or provided any information about her cause of death.
According to KWQC, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said at Thursday’s news conference that the little girl’s death is being treated as a suspected homicide. He also said that authorities could not share details of the case in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
“We know our community is anxious for information regarding the investigation and any charges that may be forthcoming,” Sikorski said. “We also understand the desire to see the perpetrator of this crime brought to justice.”
The $10,000 reward, put up by the FBI, for information about Breasia’s disappearance and death still stands.
“We still need you,” Sikorski reportedly said during the news conference. “We still need your help. If you think you saw something or heard something please contact our investigators.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125.