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Parents of missing toddler arrested in Winneshiek County

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UPDATE: Winneshiek County Deputies tell us William and Jessica Ray are currently in custody.

They were spotted yesterday in an area Walmart, then spotted driving just north of Decorah.

Deputies were able to locate their car on Quarry Hill Road. 2-year-old Dakota Ray was in the car.

William and Jessica are both in custody, and being charged with felony theft, operating a non-registered vehicle, no valid drivers license, failure to provide proof of financial liability, and theft 5th degree.

 In addition to the Winneshiek County charges, William also had an outstanding arrest warrant out of South Carolina. Both people were both transported to the Winneshiek County Jail.

Wednesday, William and Jessica Ray had their initial appearance hearings, where it was decided that William be held on a $10,000 cash bond on the Winneshiek County charges and no bond on the South Carolina charges. William will face extradition and be transported back to South Carolina. Jessica was held on a $1,250 cash bond. 

Dakota was placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services.

This case remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.


Two people with corresponding names and birth-dates of the parents of a missing 2-year-old are in custody in Winneshiek County.
According to online jail records, William Ray and Jessica Ray are currently in custody.
A mug shot of William from the jail shows the same man as the man in a missing poster for Dakota Ray. A mug shot for Jessica wasn't available.
Dakota, 2, was last seen on April 15 in South Carolina with her parents. Since then, the family has shown up in surveillance pictures at a hospital in Le Mars.
They were also recently spotted at a gas station in Minnesota.
We reached out to the Decorah Police Department for details, and are waiting on a news release from police in Camden, South Carolina.
Stick with KWWL for updates as this develops. 

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