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Body found in eastern Iowa pond identified as missing child Breasia Terrell

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KTIV) - Authorities have identified human remains found in eastern Iowa earlier as missing 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.

The remains were found about 20 miles north of Davenport where authorities have been investigating Breasia's disappearance. The body was found on March 23 by two people fishing at a pond in a rural area near DeWitt.

During a news conference Wednesday, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said testing has confirmed the remains are Breasia's. Sikorski says authorities are investigating the case as a homicide.

"I can assure our community that investigators are working diligently to bring justice on Breasia's half. Again, they have been non-stop for the last -- they have been non-stop for the last 9 months," said Sikorski.

Breasia was last seen July 10, 2020, at a Davenport apartment complex, where she was staying with her half-brother and his father, Henry Dinkins.

Police have not made any arrests but have labeled Dinkins a person of interest.

After Breasia's disappearance, police began conducting a search of Clinton County on July 16. But that search was called off four days later.

On July 22 the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Breasia's whereabouts.

On Jan. 15, 2021, the Amber Alert for Breasia was canceled and classified as a missing person case, since too much time had passed.

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