After months and months of worry, the search for Breasia Terrell has come to a sad end.
In a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, officials with the Davenport Police Department announced the remains found last week near DeWitt were Breasia’s.
We reported last July that Breasia had gone missing under suspicious circumstances. Breasia was last seen at the home of a registered sex offender, Henry Earl Dinkins, but there was not much evidence that could prove what happened to the child. She just simply disappeared.
Officials with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Davenport Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigations announced the following Tuesday they were investigating after human remains were discovered.
According to Mitch Mortvedt, the Assistant Director of the Field Operations Bureau for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the AMBER Alert was canceled because of the length of time that had passed.
“Her investigation has always been a missing person case and classified as such,” Mortvedt said. “The circumstances around her missing met the criteria of an Amber Alert in Iowa so that was an additional part of her case. Amber Alerts are issued for the immediacy of the incident at hand. It has been six months and we just canceled the Amber Alert portion of it. It does not change anything about how the case is investigated at all.”
Although Dinkins was named as a person of interest in her disappearance initially, he was arrested on unrelated sex offender registration violations, he has not been formally charged in connection to Breasia's disappearance or death.
At this time it is unknown how long Breasia's body had been in the water or exactly when she passed away. Breasia's body was found March 22 by two men who were fishing in the pond. It was reported that Breasia's mother and other family members were at the scene watching from a distance as authorities retrieved the body and processed the scene.
Breasia can finally rest in peace but, now it's time for justice!