As the search for Maleah Davis continues, a community hosted a day of prayer.
The service was held at Christ Fellowship Missionary in northwest Houston. Pastor Edwin Deese led the group prayer for the missing 4-year-old. It’s been 3 weeks since she was seen.The case all began on May 3, when police say Derion Vence, Maleah’s mother’s ex-fiance, told them he was on his way to Bush Intercontinental Airport with Maleah and his 1-year-old son to pick up Bowens from the airport.
He said that he pulled over near Greens Road and Highway 59 to check his tires because he heard a popping noise.
As Vence was checking his vehicle, he claims three Hispanic men in a 2010 blue Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck pulled up.
Police said Vence told them he was ambushed by the men, with one of them hitting him on the head, and he lost consciousness.
When he woke up on the side of Highway 6 near First Colony Mall around 6 p.m. the next day, his son was with him, but Maleah was not.
Police said Vence went to Houston Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land around 11 p.m. to seek treatment for his injuries with his son.
The case took another turn on Mother’s Day when new surveillance images showed Maleah and Vence walk into the family’s apartment, but she was never seen coming out.
The photos were captured on April 30, the same day Maleah’s mother left town for a funeral and the last time Maleah was seen alive.
Cameras captured Vence bringing her back into their family apartment that morning.
Following that morning, investigators say he was never seen with her.
A few days later on May 3, cameras captured Vence leaving the apartment with his 1-year-old son, a laundry basket, and a black trash bag inside.
Houston police said the laundry basket captured on camera May 3 was found along with a gas can in the trunk of the vehicle that Vence reported stolen.According to police, K-9 officers who are trained to sniff the scent of a cadaver were brought to the suspect’s vehicle and other vehicles in the parking lot. Both dogs reacted to the suspect’s trunk, indicating that they sensed human decomposition in the vehicle.
Police also say they observed drops of blood in the hallway leading to the bathroom of Vence’s apartment and on various surfaces of the bathroom.
Officials say they then used a chemical agent that was sprayed and reacted to blood in the hallway and bathroom of the apartment. They say the chemical reacted to the presence of blood that could not be seen by the eye.
Police revealed the same vehicle was seen on surveillance video on May 5 at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, where someone dropped off Vence. It was there that Vence first made the claim that he was attacked and that Maleah may have been kidnapped.
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Source: ABC 13