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A missing child investigation in Davenport took a heartbreaking turn to homicide Wednesday as police announced that human remains found in eastern Iowa belong to 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.Breasia’s family reported her missing nearly nine months ago. She was last seen July 9.A candlelight vigil for Breasia is planned for Friday at Union Park in Des Moines.Breasia’s disappearance impacted community organizers in central Iowa, who drove to Davenport to help search efforts.“I don’t know if anybody can actually use the word closure when we are talking about this, because there is still an investigation into her death that needs to happen,” Des Moines resident and community leader Al Womble said.According to police, Breasia spent the night with her half-brother and his father, Henry Dinkins, before disappearing.Police named Dinkins as a person of interest. He is currently in jail on unrelated sex offender registry charges. “When we are able to share details on the investigation we will,” Davenport police Chief Paul Sikorski said during a news conference.Fishermen discovered Breasia’s body in DeWitt, about 30 miles from Davenport.Des Moines Rev. Rob Johnson, who helped with the search for Breasia, said he speaks with Breasia’s mother daily.“We have been in contact with her mom throughout this entire process,” Johnson said.Now that the search for Breasia is over, Johnson and Womble call for compassion and justice.“For the family, for Breasia, and for all the babies that are missing, justice has to be served,” Johnson said.“This was a beautiful young child,” Womble said. “I want them to think about her grace, and about her beauty and about the light that she brought into the world to all who knew her.”

A missing child investigation in Davenport took a heartbreaking turn to homicide Wednesday as police announced that human remains found in eastern Iowa belong to 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.

Breasia’s family reported her missing nearly nine months ago. She was last seen July 9.

A candlelight vigil for Breasia is planned for Friday at Union Park in Des Moines.

Breasia’s disappearance impacted community organizers in central Iowa, who drove to Davenport to help search efforts.

“I don’t know if anybody can actually use the word closure when we are talking about this, because there is still an investigation into her death that needs to happen,” Des Moines resident and community leader Al Womble said.

According to police, Breasia spent the night with her half-brother and his father, Henry Dinkins, before disappearing.

Police named Dinkins as a person of interest. He is currently in jail on unrelated sex offender registry charges.

“When we are able to share details on the investigation we will,” Davenport police Chief Paul Sikorski said during a news conference.

Fishermen discovered Breasia’s body in DeWitt, about 30 miles from Davenport.

Des Moines Rev. Rob Johnson, who helped with the search for Breasia, said he speaks with Breasia’s mother daily.

“We have been in contact with her mom throughout this entire process,” Johnson said.

Now that the search for Breasia is over, Johnson and Womble call for compassion and justice.

“For the family, for Breasia, and for all the babies that are missing, justice has to be served,” Johnson said.

“This was a beautiful young child,” Womble said. “I want them to think about her grace, and about her beauty and about the light that she brought into the world to all who knew her.”

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