It’s been a long and sad four weeks as the family and friends of four-year-old Maleah Davis waited helplessly as Houston police conducted an intensive search for the missing little girl.
Today, we hear the devastating news that human remains have been found in Arkansas and that her stepfather, Derion Vence, is the one who revealed where they were.
“Police in Arkansas have found a black bag with bones and blood inside, amid their search for missing Houston 4-year-old Maleah Davis.”
Authorities are not yet officially confirming that the remains belong to Maleah, but only that “a road crew found the bag emitting a ‘foul odor’ around the area that 26-year-old Derion Vence allegedly said he dumped her at, in Hope, Arkansas.”
Vence allegedly admitted earlier on Friday that “the little girl died, according to Quanell X, a community activist who was once the spokesperson for Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens.
“Quanell told local news outlets that he met with Vence at the Houston jail, where Vence has remained since May 11 on tampering with evidence charges.
“According to Quanell, Vence said the child was indeed dead, but it was not intentional.”
Maleah has not been seen since Friday, May 3rd, but her disappearance wasn’t reported until Saturday night when Vence finally notified police.
An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday, May 5th for Maleah after Vence told investigators that three men had abducted him and Maleah and her brother on Friday evening.
Vence’s story was convoluted and not supported by evidence. He was arrested on May in connection with the disappearance, but not for murder.
“Police arrested Vence earlier this month after they found blood in his apartment that matched Maleah’s DNA.
"Cadaver dogs also picked up on possible human decomposition inside the trunk of Bowens’ Nissan Altima. Vence was driving the car around the time Maleah vanished.”
Craig Davis, Maleah's biological father is devastated by the news, saying simply that "There are so many unanswered questions." And that he intends to speak to Vence to get the answers that have not come.