It’s been two days since 4-year-old Maleah Davis vanished. Two days since the young girl, her brother and her stepdad were abducted by a trio of mysterious men, the stepfather said.
Yet for reasons still unknown, everyone but Maleah was released safely, the stepfather said. And the trio of men are nowhere to be found.
Now Texas authorities are scrambling to find Maleah, who was recently ill and has endured multiple brain surgeries throughout her young life.
“I realize there’s a lot blanks in the story” given by the stepfather, Houston police Sgt. Mark Holbrook said. He said detectives hope the public can help them “fill in the blanks.”
Here are the pieces of the puzzle we have so far:
The stepfather says he was knocked unconscious
Maleah’s stepdad, Darion Vence, told detectives that he, Maleah and his son were on their way to the airport Friday night to pick up Maleah’s mother, who was flying in from Massachusetts, Holbrook said.
The stepfather then heard a “popping noise” like a popped tire and pulled over to check on it, Vence told police.
That’s when a blue pickup truck pulled up behind the car and two Hispanic males got out, according to Vence’s narrative to police.
One of the men commented, “Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet,” Holbrook said, according to Vence’s account.
The other man hit Vence in the head and he lost consciousness, he told police.
The stepdad says he kept passing out
When Vence woke up, he said, he was in the back of the truck with Maleah and her brother.
But three Hispanic males were suddenly in the truck, the stepfather said.
He told police he was in and out of consciousness until about 6 p.m. Saturday, when he woke up on Highway 6 with the 1-year-old boy.
Maleah was not there. Vence said he walked to a nearby hospital where he received treatment and reported her missing.
SOURCE: Christina Maxouris, Holly Yan and Tina Burnside, CNN