Two updates today in the heartbreaking story of little Maleah Davis who went missing on May 5th, but neither of the reports is good news.
In one move, the reward for information leading to the recovery of the missing four-year-old has been raised to $20,000. Investigators hope that the increased monetary incentive for information will encourage someone to talk.
The other has to do with a police theory of what really happened to the missing Houston girl.
The suspect in custody, Maleah’s stepfather Derion Vence has been charged with crimes connected to the disappearance, but authorities have fallen short of saying he killed her.
“Davis was reported missing by her mother’s boyfriend, who has been jailed in connection with her disappearance.”
But he hasn’t been charged with the actual murder.
“Vence is being held on a charge of tampering with evidence, specifically a human corpse.
“Investigators found blood in Vence’s apartment and search dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in his car when it was found.”
“Though officials say Davis is assumed to be dead, authorities have yet to find her remains.”
“We really believe we have a little girl that’s been murdered. We believe that she’s out there somewhere, and we want to bring her home," Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Vence has not given investigators any information about the possible whereabouts of Maleah. Police say they believe he knows where the little girl is.
“We strongly believe he knows where she’s at and if he wanted to tell us, he would,” Acevedo said, according to KTVT.
“She deserves to be found, she deserves to be recovered and she deserves to have a proper burial,” Chief Acevedo said.