Davenport officials: Amber Alert still active for missing Iowa 10-year-old Breasia Terrell
City says state 'administrative error' appeared to cancel alert
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Davenport officials on Wednesday said an Amber Alert issued for missing 10-year-old Breasia Terrell is still active.
The city said in a media release that the State of Iowa issued an Ambert Alert for Terrell “due to new information that was obtained overnight” around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In a media release sent just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, police said:
“At approximately 1:30 a.m., the State of Iowa issued an Amber Alert for Breasia Terrell due to new information that was obtained overnight. At approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 15, an administrative error by the State of Iowa appeared to cancel the Amber Alert for Breasia Terrell. The Amber Alert for Breasia Terrell has NOT expired and the Davenport Police Department is working diligently with the State of Iowa to correct the error and is actively investigating this case. This error has since been corrected.”
“The Amber Alert for Breasia Terrell inadvertently appeared canceled this morning due to an administrative error in our system. We apologize for the confusion that this has caused for the family and the community. We continue to partner with the Davenport Police Department in the search for Breasia.” a representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said.
The State of Iowa Amber Alert names Henry E. Dinkins as Breasia’s abductor.
Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that a registered sex offender is a person of interest in the disappearance of Breasia Terrell.
Dinkins, 47, of Davenport, is currently in custody on a sex offender registry violation, a felony. He has not been charged in Terrell’s disappearance.
During a short media briefing at the police station, Sikorski said a person of interest is someone who has not been arrested or formally charged in this case but may have information that could assist the investigation or possess certain characteristics that merit further attention by investigators.
“We are asking the public’s assistance for any information regarding Dinkins and associated vehicles during the timeframe of Thursday, July 9, from 10 p.m. to Friday, July 10 at 12 p.m.,” he said. “We are requesting any information the public may have on Dinkins’ whereabouts in the Quad-Cities area during that timeframe.
“This is an evolving, active investigation. While we understand the public’s interest in this case, we can only provide limited information at this time as to not impede the integrity of the investigation.” Dinkins is also known to have previous connections to the Camanche/Clinton area Sikorski said. Vehicles associated with Dinkins include a 2007 Maroon Chevy Impala, 2012 Black Chevy Camaro, and a 1980′s Kings Highway motorhome. All these vehicles are currently being impounded and in the possession of investigators, Sikorski said.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dinkins or these vehicles during the timeframe are asked to call 911 immediately to share this information with investigators. “The Davenport Police Department is thankful for the assistance of the Davenport Fire Department in the search for Breasia,” Sikorski said.
The FBI Omaha field office and the Quad-Cities resident agency have assisted with the case, conducting interviews and the processing of evidence. Authorities have also been working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and have entered Breasia into the National Crime Information Center database as a missing person.
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