Clinton County Police Say Human Remains Found in DeWitt
The Clinton County Sheriff's Department say they were called to the area of 270th Avenue and 218th Street in DeWitt by fisherman who believed to have found human remains.
The body has not been identified yet, but Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski spoke at a joint press conference with the Clinton County Sheriff's Departmnet.
Chief Sikorski explained that Davenport Police were called to the scene in the interest of "an ongoing investigation" that Davenport Police had been conducting for 10 months in regards to "a missing young lady."
As the Quad Cities knows, 10 months ago was around the time that 10-year-old Breasia Terrell went missing in Davenport, sparking a community search effort that sadly turned up little evidence.
A press release from the Clinton County Sheriff reads;
March 23, 2020 (DeWitt, Iowa) -- Clinton County Sheriff Greenwalt, Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn and Davenport Police Chief Sikorski held a joint press conference today regarding human remains found yesterday in DeWitt, Iowa, near 270th Ave in Clinton County.
The remains were found by local residents, who immediately reported their findings to local officials at approximately 6:30pm on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Officials emphasized that this remains an open missing person’s case with no confirmed identification at this time. Additional information will be provided to the public and media as the integrity of the ongoing investigation permits.
“First and foremost, we are following the best protocols in order to achieve resolution regarding the identification of the remains,” said DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn. “We are working diligently across multiple agencies including the Division of Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and law enforcement from Davenport and Clinton counties to complete the investigation. We appreciate your patience as we work thoroughly toward resolution.”
According to Sheriff Greenwalt the community and law enforcement leadership are focused on primary communications with family members at this time.
“Our prayers are deeply with the families directly impacted by this discovery,” said Chief Paul Sikorski. “Please join us in keeping them in our thoughts.”
As the investigation and outcomes unfold, community leadership is ready with crisis intervention and counseling services for those impacted.
“We have been in contact with local social service agencies to provide counseling to the families impacted – no matter the outcome of the investigation,” said Chief Sikorski. “We know this discovery will cause many emotions and ensuring the best access to support services that many will need is among our top priorities.”