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UPDATE: DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 31, 2021) – In a joint presentation with multiple law enforcement and community resource partners, The Davenport Police Department announced today that The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory has confirmed through autopsy the human remains found on March 22 in DeWitt, Iowa, are those of Breasia Terrell.  

Investigation Remains Ongoing  

Terrell was reported missing to the Davenport Police Department on July 10, 2020.  In the months since her disappearance, Davenport Police in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have responded to several hundred tips related to the case.

The case remains a joint ongoing investigation between the Davenport Police Department, Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

As an ongoing investigation, law enforcement officials could not elaborate on further specifics of the investigation. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the findings from DCI’s Crime Lab. We grieve alongside Breasia’s family and the community,” said Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski. “What’s important to know is this: the work of our investigators is not over. This is an open and ongoing investigation.  We understand that the community wants to know where the investigation stands, and if anyone will be charged in this heinous crime. Because we are fully committed to the integrity of the investigation, we cannot comment on specific details – other than to say we are professionally, thoroughly and with our deepest commitment to justice, continuing the investigation. When we can share details with the community, we will.” 

Crisis Services Available To Community

As the community mourns the loss of Breasia, community leaders are working together to assure that counseling services are available to those impacted. 

“We realize that many in our community feel a sense of helplessness and frustration, and it can take time and often the help of a counselor or mental health care professional to unravel feelings around such a loss,” said Chief Sikorski. “Both the Davenport Community School District and Family Resources have services in place to serve impacted students and our community as a whole.” 

According to Nicole Cisne Durbin, president of Family Resources, similar support services made available to Breasia’s family can also be accessed by the community. 

“Family Resources is committed to providing services to Breasia’s immediate family as well as members of our community that may have been impacted by her death. We know that times of crisis create instability for many, and we are committed to staying on the front lines with those we serve. Our victim and survivor services are provided free of charge to anyone who needs assistance during this difficult time,” said Durbin. 


HOW CAN YOU HELP?
On Tuesday, July 14, the Davenport Police Department named Henry E. Dinkins as a person of interest in the Breasia Terrell case. The Davenport Police Department continues to ask the public for any information regarding Dinkins whereabouts from 10 pm on Thursday, July 9 to 12 pm on Friday, July 10. Photos of Dinkins and his associated vehicles may be found below. Dinkins’ primary vehicle is believed to be the 2007 Maroon Chevy Impala.  Anyone with information is asked to call 563-326-6125.
 

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March 23, 2021 | Joint Press Release - DPD, DCI and Clinton County
December 10, 2020 | Media Release
August 12, 2020 | Media Release
July 22, 2020 | Media Release - $10,000 reward announced
July 20, 2020 | Media Release - Organized search for Breasia Terrell in Clinton County ends
July 18, 2020 | Media Release EMA Volunteer Search Coordination
July 17, 2020 | Family Resources Assistance
As our community continues to offer support in the search for Breasia Terrell, Family Resources is here to help...

Family Resources is here to help the community through trained advocates and counselors who are available to support anyone who may be affected by this case. When a child goes missing, it can often have a collective impact, and the 24/7 Crisis Line is available to anyone at all who needs to talk about the impact of this collective trauma. Individuals, families, parents, systems or organizations are all invited to reach out through the Crisis Line at 866-921-3354.

Family Resources is here to help the other systems who are focused on helping to bring Breasia home by coordinating the outpouring of support from the community and working to compile information into a central location as it becomes available.

Finally, Family Resources is here to help support Breasia's family directly. At this time, the following donations are needed to support the family as they focus on searching:
Food
Water
Gas cards
Hygiene items
PPE (especially masks)
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Laundry detergent
Hats,boots and gardening gloves

Donations are being accepted at the Davenport Schools Administration Center (1702 North Main Street, Davenport: M-F 9AM-4PM)

Monetary donations are being organized by Family Resources. More information can be found here.

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July 17, 2020 | Media Release EMA Volunteer Search Coordination
July 16, 2020 | Media Release EMA Volunteer Search Coordination
July 16, 2020 | Media Release - Search Moves to Clinton County
July 15, 2020 | Media Release - Amber Alert Issued
July 13, 2020 | Media Release
Breasia Terrell - Missing Person Flyer - Davenport Police Department