HOUSTON – It was announced by the Houston Police Department over the weekend that the stepfather of 4-year-old Maleah Davis, Darion Vence, has been arrested by police and charged with tampering with evidence, namely a corpse, in connection to the little girl’s disappearance.
Investigators with HPD released details of the alleged kidnapping saying, “Suspect Vence reported to police that on May 4, he was en route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport when he heard a sound that made him think his silver Nissan Altima had a flat tire. He pulled over on the Eastex Freeway (North U.S. Highway 59) near Greens Road. Vence told police Maleah was then taken by three Hispanic males in their 30s, driving a 2010 blue Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck. Due to injuries he said he suffered during the abduction, he reportedly lost consciousness for about 24 hours, regaining it on Sunday (May 5). He said he found himself on foot in Sugar Land and walked to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for treatment. He then reported Maleah missing.”
Vence told police that his silver Nissan Altima was stolen, however, according to a surveillance video, Vence was seen being dropped off at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital by someone driving the vehicle.
In another video obtained by police from May 3rd, Vence was seen carrying a full basket of laundry with a black trash bag inside away from his apartment with his 1-year-old son.
After police located Vence’s silver Nissan in a Missouri City parking lot, it was reported that the laundry basket was found inside the trunk, along with a gas can.
HPD investigators also stated that during an investigation of the vehicle, K-9 officers indicated the scent of human decomposition inside the trunk of the vehicle.
Investigators also added that blood evidence was found inside Vence’s apartment linking to Meleah Davis. Police said that while they were investigating Vence’s apartment, they used a chemical agent which reacts to blood to spray down the hallway and bathroom of the apartment and both areas of the apartment indicated the presence of blood.
Vence was charged with tampering with evidence, namely a corpse, on Saturday and a judge set his bond at $1 million.
Police do not believe that Maleah is alive at this point but are still investigating the case.
Anyone with information about Maleah Davis is asked contact HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.