Missing SC 2-Year-Old Seen in Iowa This Week, Authorities Say

Dakota Ray

According to law enforcement, both parents are considered heavy methamphetamine users and there is concern for Dakota's wellbeing.

Police are anxious about the child's well being, and are asking for help locating her. Surveillance footage showed Willian Ray, Jessica Ray and Dakota at a hospital in Iowa May 14, according to the NCMEC statement.

Parents who fled SC with their 2½-year-old daughter and who police say are addicted to methamphetamine have slipped into Minnesota after a month on the run, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities say they have reason to believe that they may be in the Jackson or Worthington areas.

On Monday, Dakota and her parents were captured in surveillance images at a hospital in Iowa, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said Thursday.

The Department of Social Services reported the child missing last month after obtaining an ex parte order to have the child removed from the custody of her biological parents.

Dakota Ray
They are believed to be traveling in a 1996 gold Ford Aerostar and may be changing the license plate on the vehicle. Courtesy

Investigators say they were later at a gas station in Marshall, Minnesota that same day.

Camden Police say it is possible that they may be begging or asking strangers for money. She is 2 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Dakota is 2 years old.

William is 44 years old.

They are traveling in a 1996 gold Ford Aerostar van and may be changing their license plates, according to the release. She has long light brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call 911 or contact Camden, S.C., police at 803-425-6025 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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