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Volunteers from EquuSearch are searching along the rural route where suspect Derion Vence once worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

Vence is the main suspect in the disappearance of 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Vence reportedly said his mail route would be a good place to hide a dead body.

Tim Miller of EquuSearch says his group is focusing on the route in the rural area of Rosharon.

Vence told police he was ambushed and carjacked by three Hispanic males while on his way to the airport to pick up Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, on May 3. He said he was knocked unconscious for nearly 24 hours. He woke up the next day and his 2-year-old son was with him, but not Maleah. He said he walked to a nearby hospital where he reported Maleah missing, along with Bowens' silver Nissan Altima, which he claimed was stolen by the carjackers.

But surveillance video from the hospital shows he was dropped off at the hospital by someone driving the same Nissan Altima.

Blood was found on various surfaces inside the apartment Vence shared with Bowens. Blood and human tissue were found in drain traps in the kitchen and bathroom and a garbage disposal in the kitchen. The blood was linked to a sample of Maleah's DNA taken from her toothbrush.

Law enforcement officials have not yet confirmed whether Maleah is dead.

Vence was arrested on Saturday at his younger brother Joe Vence's home in Sugar Land, Texas, about 22 miles southwest of Houston. His bond was set at $1 million, but a judge lowered the bond to $45,000 on Monday.

Joe Vence defended his brother, saying he didn't want to comment about the details of the case.

"Once God is with you, the whole world, the whole city, everybody can be against you,” Joe Vence told KPRC 2. "We're a strong, praying family. God is on our side. God is with my brother."

"Maleah, I love her and hopefully they get all this stuff straightened out," Joe Vence said.

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In documents obtained by KPRC 2 News, Child Protective Services investigated Bowens and Maleah's biological father, Craig Davis Jr., for abusing the girl and her 7-year-old brother.

The children were removed from Bowens' home in August, but a judge returned the children to their mother in February.

Judge Gloria Lopez had been sworn in just one month earlier when she returned the children to Bowens.

  • Jay

    I hope they find her so she can be laid to rest peacefully. Her parents wronged this angel in so many ways.

  • Guest

    If this Baby could only have received 1/2 of this LOVE when she was Alive, RIP Angel.

  • ?Starring Ladii Jaye?

    People always seem to get real religious when hell breaks loose..but where was their faith before the gate got opened...#Hypocrisy #Blasphemy

  • DeepThinker

    So baby brother proclaiming innocence but won’t disclose information that may exonerate him? Then who is worth protecting aside from him? How is God on the side of anything evil?
    Please throw the whole sociopathic family away!
    I guess none of his beloved family members have his bail money huh? Smh!

  • mzwhang90210

    That derranged mutant BOYFRIEND (not stepfather) most likely burned that baby's body to destroy evidence.
    NO child should have to have gone through the horrors she was subjected to in her little life time.
    If anybody deserved the death penalty, it's her murderer. If for no additional reason than he could end all of this now, by just telling what happened and where her remains are.
    I love this little one & didn't even know her. She's in the bosom of Jesus now, no more suffering.

  • SpillyNillie

    Lord it pains me to know this beautiful little girl was surrounded by adults who wouldn't, couldn't, didn't love and care for her properly. My heart breaks for all children who don't receive the proper love and care.

  • MsPam

    I agree, I think her remains was in that laundry basket the stepfather was carrying. The whole thing is very sad.

  • Chicagowise

    I have been avoiding this story. It's like trying digest a slab of concrete. ?

  • Mslife

    So her biological father was accuse of abuse too? My mind tells me this princess is not alive but my heart wants her to be found and be place somewhere safe.

  • luVn_liFe…

    this babys face saddens me greatly.. I wish he would just tell where she is so that her little spirit can be in peace :(

  • luVn_liFe…

    I just said this.. I agree with you

  • Anji

    My soul is weary bout this child. Wish someone would beat the truth out of him...and that female who birthed her.

  • Guest

    THIS: and that female who birthed her.

  • Li-Wright

    If the dogs and the PD found traces of blood down the drain, is it possible her body was flushed down the plumbing? Shouldn't they be pulling up the drainage?
    And Vence was a postal worker? No way.

  • luVn_liFe…

    Falcons guard Jamon Brown used funds from his foundation to aid a family dealing with a tragedy.
    One-month-old De’Anthony Trice died in Louisville last week. His father told police that he used his fist to hit his son in the head after losing a video game and the baby died after being taken to a hospital. The head of
    Brown’s foundation told him about the story and Brown reached out to
    help the family pay for the funeral services.
    SO DANG SAD,What is Wrong with people!

  • Anji

    Tech often warps the spirit center humans need to maintain emotional connections. Video game...really?

  • Ms..N

    Exactly the reason chemical sterilization should be legal! It takes sick individuals to harm a child and every adult should be charged in the home this child was abused and murdered! !

  • Li-Wright

    What is wrong with people? Stress. They can't cope. They wasn't raised right. Look at the home(s) they came from.

  • luVn_liFe…

    a video game 'smh'

  • Oh Tommie

    All this stuff straightened out? This isn’t some mixup...the child is missing!! He needs his a$$ beat too!!!!

  • B.Loveitt

    So apparently this child was surrounded by abusive people and the sent her back. Told CPS is stupid- dumb and in a sad dangerous way. SMFH!

  • Oh Tommie

    This whole case infuriates me. How do you suspect someone is molesting or hurting your child and you not only stay with that person, but leave your child alone with them for DAYS!? I pop up on the doggie daycare for a tour without notice to make sure my fur baby is in good hands...but y’all will leave a kid with any Tom, Dick, or Harriet as long as it’s free or they’re slanging the D. Lock the momma up too for endangering her baby...hell traffic tickets...SOMETHING!!!


    If only, IF ONLY, this little light of God could have received this same exact sense of urgency when this abuse happening.....I feel she would still be here. That's what gets me about our government, we care before the baby gets here but no care os given once they are here. I'm sorry, Maleah that the system failed you. The Rose Garden here loves you.

  • XoXo

    The child is buried in a shallow grave along that route. That’s my theory.

  • brooklyn23

    If god is with his brother that raped and killed a girl, they can keep that god. Mi nuh want no parts of that god

  • GinJen

    ?There is a such thing as ADHD, ADD, and ODD. Please don't label your children as being "bad" and punish them based on that...investigate the issues your child may be having..instead of resorting to beatings. Many Many black people do not believe in these disorders and make statements such as "the child just need a good beating", "we didn't have those diseases when we were little", and "those are white people problems". These beliefs lead to children being beat, whooped, spanked when many times, they have no control over their behaviors. I'm not saying this about all children, but many children have these issues and never get psychiatric help. Maleah was being beat by both parents?? maybe she had a behavioral disorder that caused her parents to believe she was "bad". I do not know this to be the case but why were all these people beating her?? I'm sad that all she knew was pain..many adults haven't experienced the amount of pain this child experienced during her small time on this earth. #allkidsarenotbad

  • Karen Brady

    I read this disgusting story. He's an animal for sure. Needs to be caged for the rest of his life.

  • Society has changed

    This Mickey Fickey just needs to tell where baby girl is! We already know he suspect!!! Mind of a damn heinous criminal.... SMDH

  • Society has changed

    I cringe when I see that laundry basket... wish I could’ve reached through the computer and cracked him in the head!!!

  • hottlanta

    I was happy this morning when l saw mom dad in georgia trifling azzes going 2 jail for killing their baby. I was done like dayum noone stood up for the child.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Right! He's done enough damage. He just needs to come clean.

  • Michelle Peele

    But it seems like they always find bodies close to the house. I think she is closer to the house/apt.

  • MsSapphire9800

    I believe the mother played a major role in this child's death and he is defending her...while she is indirectly pointing fingers at him. This case is going to take a serious turn. First question who drove his car to the area where the Police found it...because he was not one reported giving him and the son a ride...they planned this bullshyt story before she hopped her low down ass on that flight.

  • GinJen
  • hi-liter

    These Evil azz niggas love to invoke God on Bullshit. Uttering God’s name don’t get you no damn sympathy. Remember Satan was once an angel until God kicked that evil some-batch out of Heaven.

  • ?Starring Ladii Jaye?

    Real talk!

  • DeepThinker

    I’m thinking that too. In an area not traveled much by foot. That may explain the scratches he had. I think he burned clothing and linens that may have had her blood on it. Trying to burn her body would be too risky to be discovered.

  • XoXo

    I get what you are stating, but I’m sure that guys knows the route like the back of his hand. And he knows which houses are abandoned, which ones have less traffic, etc. Plus, it was stated that he previously said that would be a good area to bury a body.

    Btw, I wonder if that was Maleah’s mother that dropped him off at the hospital. Or his brother.

  • DeepThinker

    He probably drove a distance to get rid of it, and did not make it back in time to pick her up from airport. Plus if near house bloodhounds would have located by now.

  • DeepThinker

    Probably the brother. Since he knows so much I hope they interrogate him too.

  • Michelle Peele

    I hear ya. This is just sickening all the way around

  • Michelle Peele

    This is just horrible

  • mzwhang90210

    @disqus_zxML98B0xA:disqus , I agree, but wouldn't burning linens & other stuff, also be risky? I'm thinking he tried to burn her body to hide things he may have done to her (blunt force trauma or, God forbid, sexual abuse.) I think he just made a bon-fire and tried to burn everything.

  • DeepThinker

    Yes it would be but it burns quicker and if someone walks upon it they still wouldn’t be as suspicious

  • DeepThinker

    It certainly is. I hope they find enough evidence to bring justice to this poor baby.

  • XoXo

    Yes it is.

  • Bree

    What does this sucka gain by not revealing where this little baby is? I'm confused. It's evident that he killed her, but I wish he would tell where she is, so her body can receive the proper burial. I also want her found so that those who really love her can pay their last respects and receive peace. I am so sorry she had to go through this, but I believe she is with the true and living God. I don't know who is with Mr. Vence since his brother said God is. The devil is a lie. He deserves to be in a cell next to bus brother just for making that dumb comment. I know God reigns on the just and unjust but this negro here needs to release the truth.

  • BlackNicheRims

    Me too. They deserve to be put under the jail.

  • mzwhang90210

    There is a special section in hell....

  • 2gr8ful

    All that screaming and cursing he was doing on the news when the baby was reportedly missing gave him away. Evil people.

  • 2gr8ful

    Another child overlooked in the system this has got to stop. ??

  • currvalicious

    I believe he burned the remains he could not flush down the toilet & drains. A gas can was found in the trunk. I'd like to know why he felt the need to dismember this baby. What was the purpose of that?.

  • currvalicious

    Me too. But where the hell is the bon-fire! Or the remains of it. He could be looking for a deal to avoid the death penalty. Using leverage, he knows everyone want to know where she is. So maybe he's hoping they offer a deal - body in exchange for life in prison. By the time they do find her, w/that Texas heat, it'll be skeletal.

  • hottlanta

    His tattoes omg.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    I hope the bio father wasn’t abusing her as well.

  • mzwhang90210

    @currvalicious:disqus You know I never thought of him angling for leverage. That's very true.

  • mzwhang90210

    @disqus_zxML98B0xA:disqus You're right.

  • Soon2BWife

    Because in his sick mind he thought he wouldn't get caught if there was no body.

  • Kimberly King

    Every time I see a picture of her, I immediately cry. So beautiful.

    Now for his trifling ass brother, God is gonna send your brother straight to hell where he belongs! I hope someone offs him in prison! He doesn't deserve to be on earth anymore. I wonder if he has kids. The way he's sticking up for his sick brother, I would be hiding my kids from his crazy ass if I was his BM. Sick bastard.

  • Kimberly King

    Yep. It was 100 degrees today here in Houston. The clock is ticking. He needs to tell them where her body is.

  • Topic Influencer

    This. I'm convinced it's her. I cannot shake that feeling. It's so overwhelming my conviction that it's scary. She played a major role. I know she did

  • Topic Influencer

    They know who drove him too. Keep saying a female fam member. It was her. Or her mama! They didn't give the two remaining kids back to the grandma either. Each went with their paternal family. Granny don't sit good with me either.

  • Chapter29Chick

    From the evidence presented, I got this:
    1. The man did it and was in some way the catalyst for her death in some kind of way.
    2. She was in the laundry basket (did he ever answer why he would carry laundry in a trash bag and basket?)
    2.The mama was involved.
    3. The mama dropped his raggedy azz off at the hospital.
    4. They both got rid of some of the body at the apartment.
    5. Only he knows where the bones r. This is why she turned on him because she would have already snitched.
    6. They killed the baby in the apartment, tried to get rid of the body out of fear of being prosecuted, they panicked.
    7. They put her body in the garbage disposal and wherever they could get rid of the evidence.
    8. They are evil and heartless, need to never be around children, and deserve the Texas death penalty even if they have to do OVERKILL!!!!!!

  • Ni Ni

    I guess they think they gone get off like Casey Anthony.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    This poor baby needs to be found!

  • missmiami305

    I believe the mother was involved and used the “funeral” as a cover. She needs to be charged.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    The rub with this was the children were not living with the father. He was fighting to gain custody of his children only two are his. It’s the the one who is locked up now, that was living with when Maleah was injured so badly she suffered a brain injury. Child protection services returned her , it was a Hispanic female judge who made the choice. Many are asking her to step down because of Maleah’s placement back in the home and now disappearance. The mother was home when Maleah’s mom was home and she stated she didn’t know... he snuck her in ... wow . Just sad and weird.

  • GinJen the 1 year old went with the boyfriend/molester/abuser/killer's family?? I'm not sure how I feel about that either.. the kids should be far far away from them ALL..hate to say it but they stand a better chance in foster care.. besides, too much media attention going on right now and I'll hate to see them kids being used as props.

  • Yoni7

    And for her to report them missing THE NEXT DAY?????!!! I told yall from jump, find that hoe's daddy's obituary, the flight schedule and the person who picked her up from the airport.

  • Yoni7

    I don't know what case this is in regards to, but I know one thing......HE shole gone be "screaming and cussing" in that jail cell.

  • Tbone