The Camden Police Department issued the following press release at 9:30 a.m. today (Friday):
Dakota Ray has been located and is currently safe in child protective custody in the state of Iowa. William and Jessica Ray have been arrested on unrelated charges and are in law enforcement custody.
The Camden Police Department would like to thank the following agencies, whose help has been instrumental:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
SLED Fusion Center
Richland County/Live PD
They created a network of information and continued to disseminate sightings and tips, moving this case forward.
"We send our sincere thanks to all citizens who shared our story on social media and called in with tips (with extra cheers to North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa)," CPD officials said in the press release. "You have been our eyes and ears and Dakota would not have been located without you. We also thank our fellow brothers and sisters in blue, law enforcement in the states of North Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, as you put your boots on the ground and acted on our behalf for the safety of this child. Decorah Police Department, Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department, and Le Mars Police Department, you made this case and we are forever grateful! Stop by the Camden Police Department if you’re ever in South Carolina!"
(The C-I will have more on this story in Tuesday's edition.)