Officials confirm Breasia Terrell remains found in Clinton County

Breasia Terrell, 10.
Breasia Terrell, 10.(Courtesy: Davenport Police Department)
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 2:01 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KCRG) - Davenport Police confirm the remains found in rural Clinton County last week are those of Breasia Terrell.

The 10-year-old has been missing since July 10th. Her disappearance triggered an AMBER Alert and a large search effort.

Officials made the announcement during a press conference Wednesday afternoon, more than a week after the remains were discovered north of DeWitt.

“An autopsy on the remains was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and we have received confirmation that the remains are those of Breasia Terrell,” Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski announced Wednesday. "

Chief Sikoriski called the news “heartbreaking” and announced the case is being investigated as a homicide.

“This investigation continues to be a joint investigation by the Davenport Police Department, the Division of Criminal Investigations from the Iowa Department of Public Safety and our partners at the FBI,” said Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski. “I can assure our community that investigators are working diligently to bring justice on Breasia’s half. Again, they have been nonstop for the last 9 months. I want to assure our community that when we are able to share details on this investigation we will.”

Officials said fishermen found the remains in a rural area north of DeWitt just off of Highway 61 last Monday.

Officials with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shared a statement from Breasia’s mom following the news of her remains being found.

In the Facebook post, officials say Breasia’s mom, Aishia Lankford, asked the center to release the family’s statement.

“Words cannot describe the heartache and emptiness that we feel now that police have confirmed the remains located in DeWitt, Iowa are Breasia. Our love for Breasia has gotten us through the past nine months and will continue to see us through as we fight for justice. We want to thank the community, law enforcement, friends and family who have put in countless hours to help bring Bree home. We ask for privacy as we grieve the loss of our daughter, sister and friend. Our focus will now be on seeking answers to what happened on the night she was last seen.”

BREAKING: Law enforcement has identified remains found in Iowa as 10-year-old Breasia Terrell. Breasia’s mom has asked...

Posted by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Breasia was last seen in July when she was reported missing. An AMBER Alert was issued but canceled in January. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the AMBER Alert was canceled because of the length of time that had passed since it was issued.

DeWitt Update

WATCH LIVE: Police are expected to give an update on human remains that were found last week near DeWitt.

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