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Missing South Carolina toddler may be in Iowa or Minnesota

DES MOINES - A missing child from South Carolina was in Iowa this week, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 

According to new information Local 5 obtained from investigators, the child's parents were last seen getting gas in Jackson, Minnesota last night.

The public is asked to help locate two-year-old Dakota Ray. She was taken on April 15 by her parents William and Jessica Ray. According to police, both William and Jessica are believed to be heavy methamphetamine users and law enforcement is concerned for the child’s wellbeing.

The child and her parents were captured in surveillance images on Monday, May 14 at a hospital in Iowa. Law enforcement then received information that they may now be in Minnesota. Police think they're on the run, are stealing food, and begging to get food.

The child and companions are traveling in a 1996 gold Ford Aerostar van and may be frequently changing the license plate on the vehicle.

According to Camden Police Department It is possible that they may be begging or asking strangers for money. The child and companions are also believed to be sleeping in their vehicle.

  • Dakota is 2 years old. She is 2 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes
  • Jessica is 36 years old. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 112 pounds and has long light brown hair and blue eyes.
  • William is 44 years old. He is 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs 340 pounds and has light brown hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has seen Dakota, William or Jessica Ray contact the Camden Police Department at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372) or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


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