CAMDEN, S.C. - A young girl who went missing from South Carolina and was believed to possibly be in Minnesota has been found safe.
Dakota Ray, 2, was last seen in Camden, South Carolina on April 15, 2018. Investigators believed she may have been in the company of her parents, 44-year-old William Ray as well as 36-year-old Jessica Ray.
According to the Minnesota BCA, Dakota was located in Iowa late Thursday night and "is safe in protective custody."
Her parents were arrested on "unrelated charges," authorities say. No other details were immediately available.
Dakota was removed from her parents care. According to police, both are believed to be heavy methamphetamine users and law enforcement was very concerned for the child’s wellbeing.
The child and her parents were captured in surveillance images on Monday at a hospital in Le Mars, Iowa. Investigators say they were later at a gas station in Marshall, Minnesota that same day.
They were believed to be traveling in a beige 1996 Ford Aerostar. Vehicle plate information is not clear as investigators believe the couple is switching plates to avoid detection.