Davenport police this afternoon confirmed the human remains found near DeWitt are those of Breasia Terrell, 10, missing from Davenport since July 10.
Two fishermen discovered human remains about 6:30 p.m. March 22 near 270th Avenue between 210th and 218th streets in Clinton County, near Kunau Implement Company in DeWitt. An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation autopsy confirmed the identity of the remains, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said during a press conference this afternoon at the Davenport Police Department.
The case, which had been categorized as a missing child case, now is considered a homicide case, Sikorski confirmed.
Breasia was last seen in the late hours of July 9 or early July 10 near 53rd Street and Lorton Avenue in Davenport, with searches to locate her carried out in Davenport's Credit Island area.
Within days of her disappearance, Sikorski announced Henry E. Dinkins, 48, was a person of interest in connection with the case. Terrell vanished after spending the night at the Davenport apartment of Dinkins, her half-brother’s father.
Sikorski at that time said Dinkins has ties to Clinton and Camanche and that three vehicles belonging to Dinkins had been impounded and were in investigators’ possession. Authorities, as a result, led unsuccessful searches for Breasia in Clinton County near U.S. 30 and County Highway Z40.
Dinkins is currently in custody in the Clinton County Jail on a hold from Scott County on sex offender registry violation charges.
Davenport police said anyone with information about the case should contact authorities.