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Texas Equusearch Goes To Arkansas To Look For Maleah Davis

Community activist Quanell X says Derion Vence confessed he disposed of the girl’s body in Arkansas.

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This undated photo released by the Houston Police Department shows Maleah Davis.

Searchers are headed to Arkansas to look for the body of Maleah Davis, a 4-year-old girl from the Houston area who has been missing since May 4, after community activist Quanell X said the man arrested in connection with her disappearance confessed he disposed of her body there.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch, said his group will fly to Arkansas on Friday afternoon to search for Davis’ body. Miller declined to say where in Arkansas he was going.

Quanell X said he spoke on Friday in jail with Derion Vence, the ex-fiance of Davis’ mother, who had claimed on May 3 Maleah was taken by a group of men.

Houston Police Dept. via AP
Derion Vence.

Vence reported Maleah's abduction in the Sugar Land area. He told police that a group of men abducted him, Maleah and his 2-year-old son on May 3. Vence said they freed him and the boy, but not Maleah.

Investigators later debunked that version of events after Vence's car was found and a police canine detected the smell of human remains in the vehicle. They also found evidence of blood in the family's apartment.

Vence has been charged by Harris County prosecutors with tampering with a human corpse in connection with the girl's disappearance. Prosecutors have said in court documents he could eventually face additional charges, including murder. Vence has a court hearing on July 10.

Quanell X said Vence confessed he dumped the girl’s body in Arkansas. Quanell X declined to comment on what happened to Maleah.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement “Let's let search teams do what search teams do.” Ogg said her office has spoken with Vence’s lawyer and there is no agreement.

Houston police declined comment.

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