It’s been nearly three months since 10-year-old Breasia Terrell was last seen in Davenport and her family still has few answers about the disappearance.
Breasia went missing on July 10, 2020 after spending the night with her half brother and his father, 47-year-old Henry Earl Dinkins, a registered sex offender. Five days later, an Amber Alert was issued, prompting Breasia’s family to ask why it took so long.
Chief strategy officer for the city of Davenport Sarah Ott said detectives discovered new information that met the requirements set by the state for an Amber Alert to be issued, but declined to provide details.
On July 16, Davenport police announced searches would be conducted in Clinton County. By July 20, the search in Clinton County ended. It’s unclear what led police to coordinate a search, consisting of volunteers and local agencies, in Clinton County or what was discovered from the search.
In a July 20 news release announcing an end to the search in Clinton County, Davenport police stated their efforts are focused on leads in Davenport but did not specify what those leads are.
An Amber Alert was issued early Wednesday morning for Breasia Terrell, a 10-year-old Davenport girl who hasn’t been seen since late last week.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Omaha, Nebraska, last week announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to Breasia’s return. The reward is separate from the $3,500 offered by the Quad Cities Crime Stoppers.
Aishia Lankford, Breasia’s mother, says she too is left with few answers. Although, she understands why police are withholding information to protect her daughter and the investigation.
An Overnight Stay
Breasia went to Dinkins’ apartment in the 2700 block of East 53rd Street with her half-brother, Dinkins’ son, for an overnight stay on July 9, the mother said.
Breasia texted her mother using Dinkins’ phone shortly after 9 p.m. to tell her goodnight. Aishia hasn’t heard from her daughter since, and believes her daughter is still alive.
Davenport police named Dinkins as a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance. Authorities said he isn’t currently a suspect, but they believe he has information valuable to Breasia’s return.
Dinkins was already in police custody for violating sex offender registration requirements. He pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse in 1990 involving a girl who was 13 or younger. Dinkins’ also has a probation violation after officers searched his home looking for Breasia on July 10.
Breasia, who is 4 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 75 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair, was wearing a white T-shirt, shorts and sandals when she went missing. She was last seen near Dinkins’ apartment in the early hours of July 10.
Police are asking the public to come forward with information about Dinkins’ whereabouts from 10 p.m. on July 9 through noon on July 10. In addition, police are seeking information about vehicles associated with Dinkins during that time, including a maroon 2007 Chevrolet Impala, a black 2012 Chevrolet Camaro and a motor home.
Dinkins remains in Scott County Jail for the sex offender registry and probation violations, to which he plead not guilty.
Court documents show Dinkins is wanted by the state of Illinois after failing to appear in court in April 2019 on meth charges. Dinkins is charged with delivery or possession with intent to deliver over 900 grams of methamphetamine and manufacturing and delivering, or the intent to deliver, over 200 grams of amphetamine or an analog of the drug.
He will not be extradited to Illinois until his pending charges in Iowa are settled, court documents indicate.
Aishia said Dinkins isn’t talking about her daughter’s disappearance and refused a visit from her at the Scott County Jail. She has previously said Dinkins broke down when he saw Breasia’s face imprinted on a T-shirt during an earlier visit but denied having information that could help locate her daughter.
Aishia said in an interview that Dinkins and she aren’t close, and only see each other every couple of months when Dinkins wants to see his son. Aishia said was aware Dinkins was on the sex offender registry, but she and her daughter never felt unsafe around Dinkins. She say Breasia had been around Dinkins since she was an infant.
Breasia had never stayed overnight at Dinkins house before she went missing; Aishia say allowed it this one time because Breasia was having fun with her half-brother and wanted to stay.
If you have any information concerning this individual, please contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You may also contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125. Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.