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Person of interest identified in Iowa girl’s disappearance

July 14, 2020 GMT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Investigators identified a jailed sex offender as a “person of interest” Tuesday in the disappearance of a 10-year-old Davenport girl who vanished last week.

Henry Dinkins has not been charged in the disappearance of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell but he may have information about her whereabouts and merits further investigation, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said.

Dinkins, 47, is being jailed on a charge of violating sex offender registration requirements.

Sikorski said that anyone who has information regarding Dinkins’ whereabouts between July 9 at 10 p.m. to noon on July 10 should contact police.

Police released photos of Dinkins and three vehicles associated with him — a Chevy Impala, a Chevy Camaro, and a 1980 motorhome.

Police, family members and dozens of volunteers have been searching for the girl in recent days. The FBI has joined the investigation.

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Law enforcement officials searched an area along River Drive late Monday night after receiving a tip, but found no sign of Terrell, who was last seen Friday on East 53rd Street, the Quad-City Times reported.

Earlier Monday, dozens of volunteers walked through the wooded area of Davenport’s Credit Island looking for the girl.

Police have also searched Dinkins’ apartment and conducted police dog and aerial searches and door-to-door canvasses.