DAVENPORT, IA – The search for a missing 10-year-old girl continues in Iowa, and the mother of the girl may think that her daughter’s half-brother’s father may hold key information to the young girl’s whereabouts.
Mother of missing Iowa 10-year-old Breasia Terrell believes her daughter is being held against her will https://t.co/H1lEmWJ9ad
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Breasia Terrell was last reportedly seen on July 9th, and her mother, Aishia Lankford, is staying hopeful that she’ll be reunited with her daughter:
“She’s out there somewhere and when she’s home safe, that’s when the story begins. That’s when she’ll tell us what happened. But we just have to find her. That’s what we’re focused on now.”
Breasia’s mother says that the last place that her daughter was seen was at her eight-year-old half-brother’s apartment, located at East 53rd Street in Davenport:
“She’s close with her brother and wanted to hang out with him. We had no reason to worry that anything bad would happen.”
On the evening of July 9th, Lankford got a text from her daughter – which would be the last time she heard from her:
“Bree texted me and said, ‘Good night, Mama, I love you,’ and that’s the last time I heard from her.”
The morning after, Lankford got a call from Henry Dinkins, who is the father of her eight-year-old son where Breasia was staying the evening before. Dinkins informed her that Breasia was missing:
“At first I laughed because it sounded like a joke. It didn’t make any sense. It’s not like her. She would never walk out, especially in the middle of the night. In the dark? No. Never.”
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On July 10th, Breasia was reported missing and a search warrant was executed for the residence of Dinkins. While there wasn’t any mention of evidence located at the apartment where Breasia was last seen, police did arrest 47-year-old Hankins for a second-offense sex offender registration violation and a probation violation.
As of July 15th, Davenport Police have also stated that Hankins is being treated as a person of interest in the case.
The young girl’s mother believes that the key to locating her daughter lies with Hankins, who is currently residing in jail for the charges he was picked up on. Lankford said she visited Hankins while he was in jail, and detailed the interaction with him:
“He broke down after only a few minutes. I’ve known him for 11 years and I’ve never seen him show that kind of emotion. I know he knows something. I told him, ‘You’re never going to have a good night’s sleep in that cell until she’s home.’”
On July 20th, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski held a press conference thanking the public for all the assistance they’ve provided thus far in trying to track down Breasia:
“We are incredibly grateful to the community to assist in the search for Breasia. Several hundred community members responded to our call for volunteers to search, showing the care and compassion of our community.”
During the press conference, Chief Sikorski stated that from here on out, police are going to cease the search party efforts and instead focus on following up on investigative leads:
“At this time, we continue to focus resources on the investigation to pursue the leads that have been developed and are evaluating the tips that were provided to us by the community.”
Lankford says that she’s looking forward to the day her daughter makes it back home, noting that when that time comes then the truth will come to light:
“I can’t wait until she comes home and I have my girl back. And she’ll have her voice. And she’ll be able to tell us everything.”
Police are asking that if anyone can detail the whereabouts of Hankins between 10:00 p.m. on July 9th to 12:00 p.m. on July 10th, to please call (563) 326-6125 with said information. According to a recent update, the FBI has announced a $10,000 reward for information that can lead authorities to locating Breasia.
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