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Missing South Carolina 2-year-old last seen in Iowa

Security photo of Dakota, William and Jessica Ray taken from a hospital in Le Mars on Monday, May 14. (photo courtesy NCMEC)

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says a missing 2-year-old out of South Carolina was last seen in Iowa.

Dakota Ray was taken on April 15 by her parents William and Jessica Ray. Police believe her parents are heavy methamphetamine users and law enforcement is concerned for the child’s well being.


Dakota and her parents were captured on surveillance video at a Le Mars hospital on Monday, May 14. Law enforcement believe they may be in Minnesota now.


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

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The Camden, South Carolina Police Department says they may be begging and asking strangers for money.

Here is a description of everyone:

• 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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