IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Human remains found in rural eastern Iowa have been identified as a 10-year-old girl missing since last summer, police said on Wednesday.
Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said the remains were of Breasia Terrell, a girl from Davenport whose disappearance on July 10 prompted a thorough search and investigation.
Sikorski said the news is heartbreaking for her family and the community and turns the investigation of a missing child into a homicide case.
Fishermen discovered Breasia’s remains at DeWitt in rural Clinton County earlier this month. Authorities said last week they were working to identify them.
The FBI says she was last seen in the early hours of July 10 at an apartment complex in Davenport, where she was spending the night with her half-brother and father, Henry Dinkins.
Police made no arrests related to the girl’s disappearance but called Dinkins, 47, a person of interest.
Dinkins, who was convicted of a sex crime in 1990 at the age of 17, has been charged with violating sex offender registry requirements by failing to update his address and make contact with minors. A judge in December ruled that he had violated his parole conditions and ordered him to remain in jail.
Investigators asked anyone with information about Dinkins’ whereabouts on July 9 and 10 to come forward, and released photos of a brown Chevy Impala and other vehicles associated with it.
The FBI had offered a reward of $ 10,000 for information leading to the location of the girl or the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance.