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CrimeSearch for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis may be suspended soon, says Equusearch founder

22:25  15 may  2019
22:25  15 may  2019 Source:   chron.com

Maleah Davis update: Search continues in Rosharon for missing girl

Maleah Davis update: Search continues in Rosharon for missing girl The search continued in Rosharon Wednesday for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Crews were searching near Skydive Spaceland Houston, which is in the 16100 block of FM 521 Road. 

The search for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis continues in the small Brazoria County community of Rosharon on Wednesday as a skeleton crew from Texas EquuSearch scours the area where her mother's boyfriend once worked a mail route, organizers said.

Search for missing 4-year-old girl moves to 'haunted house'

Search for missing 4-year-old girl moves to 'haunted house' Searchers for a missing 4-year-old Houston girl have taken their search to the area around a Halloween "haunted house" attraction. Texas EquuSearch says its volunteers are searching an area near the Creepy Hollow Haunted House on Texas Route 288 near Rosharon, about 25 miles south of Houston. 

Although after Wednesday, Texas EquuSearch might suspend its operations in the search for Maleah until something more substantive turns up, founder Tim Miller said.

"It is frustrating. We've been here before with other cases," Miller said. "We're trying to evaluate what to do after today. We're seriously flirting with the idea of suspending the search at the end of the day. We're hoping some new information comes in."

Derion Vence, the embattled boyfriend of Maleah's mother who faces charges of tampering with a corpse, reported the girl missing May 4, only to have his claims that she was abducted break down as the Houston Police Department continued their investigation.

No Sign of Maleah Davis Along Mail Route Stepdad Allegedly Once Called a Good Place to 'Dump a Body'

No Sign of Maleah Davis Along Mail Route Stepdad Allegedly Once Called a Good Place to 'Dump a Body' The search for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis was suspended Wednesday, as officials pressed for more tips on specific areas to look for the Texas girl. The search for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis was suspended Wednesday, as officials pressed for more tips on specific are Most recently, volunteers with Texas EquuSearch had been combing places along Derion Vence's onetime mail route in Rosharon. Vence, who had been referred to by authorities as Maleah’s stepfather, is in custody for alleged evidence tampering and is considered a suspect in Maleah's disappearance by police.

Blood linked to the girl's DNA was found inside the family's apartment in the 9800 block of South Kirkwood Drive where Maleah lived with her mother, Brittany Bowens, and Vence, her fiancé, police said.

Adding to the grim prospect that Maleah may have been killed is that two police dogs sniffed out "the scent of decomposition" in the silver Nissan Altima that Vence was driving the night of the girl's reported disappearance, documents state. The car was found in a Missouri City parking lot with a gas can and a laundry basket in the trunk.

Vence worked as a mail carrier, Miller said, and had a route in the Rosharon area. Equusearch has received several tips over the last few days indicating she might be in the area, or somewhere in Fort Bend County.

Miller said that Vence once indicated to family that he would hide a body in the marshy area.

"He actually said to his mother-in-law a year ago, he said, 'man, if I ever killed anybody, I've got some places down in Rosharon where they'd never find the body,'" Miller said. He corroborated that with family members, he said.

Maleah Davis search leads to Derion Vence's former mail route

Maleah Davis search leads to Derion Vence's former mail route 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.

He offered his support to family and community members grappling with Maleah's disappearance.

"This is a baby," Miller said. "This baby did not choose where it's at right now and doesn't want to be where it's at right now. It's heartbreaking. We're human. I wish we weren't. I wish we didn't have feelings. Unfortunately, we do. I don't want our emotions to get in the way. At times, that happens. God bless her. We're not going to quit. We may suspend, but we'll never quit."

As the search continues, community supporters have organized a balloon release in Maleah's honor Wednesday night in Missouri City. Organizers are meeting at Oyster Creek Park at 4033 Texas Highway 6 at 7 p.m..

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'We know she's still missing' | Stepfather in Maleah Davis case due back in court.
Derion Vence remains locked up at the Harris County Jail held on a $1 million bond in connection to the disappearance of his stepdaughter Maleah Davis. 

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