CrimeCourt documents say blood found in Maleah Davis' apartment match DNA found on her toothbrush
Man who reported girl missing arrested in her disappearance
The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend has been arrested near Houston. U.S. Marshals southern district spokesman Alfredo Perez says that Darion Vence was taken into custody Saturday at his brother's house in Sugar Land, Texas, about 22 miles southwest of Houston.
Blood evidence obtained from the apartment of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis' estranged stepfather has been linked to the girl, according to Houston police detectives.
Derion Vence, 26, is in custody for evidence tampering. The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitives Task Force arrested Vence around 2:40 p.m. in Sugar Land.
According to court documents released Sunday, a chemical was sprayed in Vence's apartment to detect for blood that isn't visible to the naked eye. The chemical reacts when a person tried to clean up blood.
Blood was detected in the hallway and the bathroom of the apartment.
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Samples were taken and investigators found the samples were consistent with DNA taken from Maleah's toothbrush.
HPD detectives say in addition to blood evidence linked to Maleah being found at the apartment, Vence was also seen carrying a laundry basket from the apartment.
Vence's silver Nissan Altima was recovered in Missouri City on Thursday.
The laundry basket was found in the trunk of the Nissan along with a gas can, according to HPD.
Although Vence reported his Altima was taken in an abduction, surveillance video showed someone in that Nissan Altima dropped Vence off at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on May 5, according to police.
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Derion Vence is accused of tampering with human remains even though Maleah Davis' body has not been found
Vence, who had been engaged to Maleah's mother, is the last known person to see Maleah and recent video shared by a neighbor with police shows him with bottles of Clorox and a garbage bag before Maleah was reported missing.
Maleah's mother previously threatened to break up with Vence because of infidelity allegations, according to local activist Quanell X, who appeared with the mother in front of reporters Friday.
MELEAH DAVIS DISAPPEARANCE TIMELINE
Sunday afternoon: Court documents on Derion Vence's arrest released.
Saturday afternoon: Derion Vence arrested at relative's house in Sugar Land. He's charged with tampering with evidence.
Blood linked to missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis found in stepfather’s apartment, police say
Investigators say they found drops of blood in the apartment of Derion Vence, the stepfather of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Vence is being held on $1 million bond after being charged on Saturday with “tampering with evidence — human corpse,” according to a probable cause document filed by Harris County authorities. He’d previously told investigators that Maleah had gone missing after he was carjacked by a group of men. Her whereabouts are still unknown. Investigators now say in charging documents that they found blood in the hallway and bathroom of the home that Vence shared with Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens.
Friday afternoon:on behalf of Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens. Quanell X says Derion Vence was seen on a neighbor's security camera with bottles of Clorox and a garbage bag before Maleah was reported missing.
Quanell says Bowens previously threatened to break up with Vence because she found explicit pictures he sent to another man.
Thursday morning: Maleah's mother is consoled by detectives after she shows up at scene where her husband's missing cars was found. "Where is my baby?," she cried.
Thursday morning: Police searched the trunk for evidence in the case, but didn't find any evidence.
"The car looks fine, everything on the car looks normal, the tires look OK," a law enforcement officer said. "Doesn't mean they weren't changed at some point. I don't know anything on that, really."
Thursday, 10:20 a.m.: Missouri City police confirmEqqusearch volunteers say they found it in a strip center parking lot near Highway 6 and Riverstone Blvd.
Thursday a.m.: The owner of Maleah's daycare told KHOU that they haven't seen her since April 26. The owner said Vence picked up his son Friday but Maleah wasn't with him.
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Thursday a.m.: The search for 4-year-old Maleah Davis has resumed, Texas Equusearch said Thursday morning.
The search group is telling its volunteers to, advising them to dress appropriately for the rainy forecast.
This morning's staging area is the 9700 block of S. Kirkwood in southwest Houston. Equusearch says its teams will be on foot and on ATV searching "in some very specific areas" for any signs of the child and- her stepdad's stolen Nissan.
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Houstontied to the disappearance of a Houston child and police want you to be on the lookout for it.
The car is a Nissan Altima with paper tag 330-92G9. It’s the car that Derion Vence was reportedly driving when he was allegedly assaulted and abducted along with his stepdaughter, 4-year-old Maleah Davis, and his one-year-old son.
The photos of the car were taken before Maleah disappeared.
Wednesday a.m.: Texas Equusearch says itsfor Maleah Davis, the little girl who was reportedly kidnapped on Friday evening.
Poor weather conditions and saturated grounds have made search efforts difficult for the time being.
Tuesday, 4 p.m.: Search efforts were suspended due to severe weather in the Houston area.
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Tuesday, 2 p.m.: A spokesman for Sugar Land policesince he first spoke with investigators and it didn’t add up.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.: Search efforts are moved to southwest Houston near the family's apartment complex on Bissonnet at Kirkwood.
Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.: “It's a process of elimination. I think we've done about everything we can do up here," said Texas Equusearch founder Tim Miller. He said he feels they have pretty much covered the area where Maleah’s stepfather claims she was kidnapped.
Tuesday morning: Texas Equusearch volunteers were back out in a wooded area near the Eastex Freeway and Greens Road.
Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, and Maleah's grandmother, Brenda Bowens, speaks out about her disappearance.
Monday, 6.p.m.: Volunteers will meet in Sugar Land to hand out fliers with Maleah's photo.
Monday afternoon: Dozens of Eqqusearch volunteers braved the heat and spent hours searching for Maleah in a wooded area near Bush Airport.
Monday, 11:28 a.m.: "We're hoping for the best, but expecting the worst," Eqqusearch founder Tim Miller told KHOU. He got choked up when he talked about how tough missing kid cases are.
Monday, 10:30 a.m.:joined the search for Maleah. They began searching on foot and ATVs around 10:30 a.m. near Hwy. 59/Eastex and Greens Road, not far from Bush Intercontinental Airport.
That's where Maleah's stepfather, Derion Vence, told investigators he had car trouble as he was driving to the airport to pick up the girl's mother.
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The search for Maleah Davis expands to Derion Vence's former mail route, which he allegedly once described as a good place to hide a body, a search coordinator said.
Sunday p.m.: Family and friends spent Sunday evening handing out flyers with Maleah's photo at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land.
"It's a child," Dominique Bryant said. "There are families out here with children. We're just asking them to share the flyer on social media."
Bryant reminds everyone that time is of the essence.
"It's the most important thing right now," Bryant said. "I know a lot of people are tied up with the story and what's true or not true, or what makes sense, but that's not important right now. The focus is getting her home safely and as soon as possible."
Sunday, 12:18 p.m. Houston police hold a news conference with more details about Maleah's disappearance.
Sunday afternoon.: Houston police released video from traffic cameras that captured the 2011 Nissan Altima Vence was driving. The vehicle was in Sugar Land around 3 p.m. Saturday. It had recently been purchased and has temporary tags with the license plate 3092G9.
Sunday, 8:27 a.m.: An Amber Alert was issued for Maleah.
Sunday, 6:57 a.m.: Houston police sent a press release with information about Maleah's disappearance.
Saturday around midnight: HPD was notified that Maleah was missing.
Saturday, 9 to 10 p.m.: Vence arrived at Sugar Land Methodist Hospital with his son, Courtland. He was treated for a head injury. Courtland wasn't injured.
Saturday night: Vence said he walked around, asking for help but everyone ignored his pleas.
Saturday, 6 p.m. Vence said he was in and out of consciousness and didn't really know where he was until 6 p.m. Saturday.
He told police he woke up somewhere off Highway 6 in the Sugar Land area with Courtland in his arms. There was no sign of Maleah.
Friday or Saturday: Vence said he woke up at one point and was in the back of the pickup truck with both children.
Friday night: Maleah's mother, Brittany, who had been flying in from Massachusetts, called someone else to pick her up from the airport when Vence didn't show up.
According to Maleah's grandmother, Brittany was traveling back to Houston after attending her own father's funeral.
Friday, after 9 p.m.: While he was near Highway 59 and Greens Road, Vence said he heard a noise and pulled over to check one of his tires. While he was out of his car, he says he was approached by two men who were in a blue Chevrolet pickup truck.
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