Four-year-old Maleah Davis is still missing and Police Chief Art Acevedo is speaking out for the first time. Sadly, he believes the child is dead and claims Derion Vence knows where her body might be. As far as the speculation around Brittany Bowens, the chief would not discuss.
In an interview with KHOU, Chief Acevedo said, “We already know and believe that she is dead and we need to bring her home.” He also said Vence could end the search now if he wanted to, “I’m sure if he really wanted to, he could tell us exactly where to find that body. That’s just an opinion based on what I know so far.”
As far as the questions surrounding Maleah’s mother, KHOU reports he “would not discuss the status of Bowens.” He also would not comment on Vence’s father saying his son is innocent, “I really want to not focus on him, not on Ms. Davis’ mother.” He continued, “A lot of people have moved on. The media has moved on. I’m glad that you have not moved on, and we’re not going to move on until we get the final justice here and until we bring this little girl home.”
From the beginning, there has been speculation that Bowens may have had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance. She said she was “not sure” if there was abuse in her home but Texas Child Protective Services reportedly removed Maleah last year “due to allegations of physical abuse” that “required several surgeries,” ABC reporter Shelley Childers tweeted earlier this month.
Vence originally told Sgt. Mark Holbrook of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division that he, Maleah and his two-year-old son were on their way to George Bush Intercontinental Airport Friday night to pick up Maleah’s mother, who was flying in from Massachusetts. Vence said he heard a “popping noise” and pulled over. He said a blue pickup truck pulled up behind his vehicle and two Hispanic males got out and hit him in the head. He said he lost consciousness and woke up at 6 p.m. the next day. He said Maleah was missing but his son was still there. Vence claimed he then walked to a hospital, received treatment and then reported Maleah as missing.
The Associated Press reported that Houston authorities said Vence’s account has “changed several times.”
Maleah was reportedly last seen wearing a pink bow in her hair with a light blue zip-up jacket, blue jeans and gray, white and pink sneakers. She has black hair and brown eyes and stands 3 feet tall, weighing 30 to 40 pounds.