2-year-old girl missing from South Carolina spotted in Iowa, may be in Minnesota now

Authorities trying to find a 2-year-old South Carolina girl announced Thursday she may be in Minnesota.

William and Jessica Ray took their daughter, Dakota Ray, on April 15. Law enforcement reports that both parents “are believed to be heavy methamphetamine users and law enforcement is concerned for the child’s wellbeing,” according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The girl was to be removed from her parents when they disappeared with her, a North Carolina television station reported.

On Monday, Dakota and her parents were captured in surveillance images at a hospital in Iowa and law enforcement has since received information they may be in Minnesota, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said Thursday.

The family has been traveling in a 1996 gold Ford Aerostar van and may be frequently changing the license plate on the vehicle. They are believed to be sleeping the vehicle.

According to Camden, S.C., police, it is possible the parents may be begging or asking strangers for money.

Dakota is 2 feet, 6 inches tall, 25 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Jessica Ray is 36-years-old, is 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 112 pounds and has long, light brown hair and blue eyes. William Ray is 44-years-old, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 340 pounds, and has light brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Camden, S.C., police department at 888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372) or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


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