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Police hoping to find missing Iowa girl alive, chief says

July 20, 2020 GMT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Investigators continue to chase leads in the disappearance of a 10-year-old Davenport girl and are still hoping to find her alive, a police chief said Monday.

Authorities looking for Breasia Terrell have called off an organized search in Clinton County, which began last week and included hundreds of volunteers, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said.

He said investigators have determined their time would be better spent now following up on other leads they have developed.

“We all want to find her alive,” Sikorski said. “That is what our intent is as we continue with the investigation.”


He said the investigation was proceeding “full steam ahead” and still included the FBI and state and local agencies.

Police have not made any arrests related to Terrell’s disapeparance but have labeled 47-year-old Henry Dinkins a person of interest. Terrell disappeared while spending the night at an apartment with Dinkins, who is her half-brother’s father.

Dinkins, who was convicted of a sex crime in 1990 when he was 17, is being jailed on charges that he violated sex offender registry requirements by failing to update his address and having contact with minors.

Sikorski said the search for Terrell remains focused on Scott and Clinton counties in eastern Iowa.