A series of twists and turns led investigators to a black bag with bones and blood during their search for 4-year-old Maleah Davis.

Officials have confirmed the remains found in Arkansas belong to the little girl, reports Click 2 Houston.

The Houston Police Department said at a news conference on Friday it’s deeply saddened to reveal it has found a child’s body after getting a tip from a local activist who represented the family.

KTRK reported that activist Quanell X, who advocated for Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowens, told reporters he received new information about the girl’s disappearance from her stepfather, Derion Vence.

Quanell told the press that the child died in an accident but did not specify how she died. After Vence’s alleged confession, remains were found in a trash bag during the search for Davis. Quanell said:

“He said he pulled over in Arkansas, got out of the car, walked off the side of the road, and dumped her body off the side of the road.”

He added:

“All I can say is he told me it was an accident, and that she is dead and where he dumped her body.”


As Dearly previously reported, Vence has been a suspect in the case since the child went missing about a month ago.

Police said the stepdad’s story didn’t add up and that he kept contradicting himself to police.

Surveillance footage recorded at the family’s home showed Davis never left Vence’s apartment after the little girl trailed behind her stepdad on April 30.


Investigators are trying to determine how a loving relationship between the stepfather and 4-year-old girl took a turn for the worse.

Quanell believes Vence abused the child. The little girl and her brothers were removed from Vence and Bowens’ home in August after Davis suffered a head wound.

Child Protective Services returned the children to their families in February.

Davis’ family has been notified about the new developments. According to an autopsy report, investigators have determined the identity of the remains, while the cause of death has not been revealed.

Vence is still being held in jail since his arrest for tampering with a human corpse.

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