Relative of Maleah Davis' Stepfather Says He Once Told Her He Had Plenty Of Places To Hide A Body

Relative of Maleah Davis' Stepfather Says He Once Told Her He Had Plenty Of Places To Hide A Body

Volunteer search and rescue teams are now focusing on Derion Vence's old mail route.

Published May 15th

As the search continues in Rosharon, Texas, for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis, a relative of suspect Derion Vence revealed he once bragged about knowing many places to hide a body.

On May 14, Texas EquuSearch and volunteer crews searched Skydive Spaceland Houston and the surrounding areas, reported KHOU11.

Tim Miller, an official with Texas EquuSearch, told the local news station they are searching this specific area because it’s the same place where Vence, who is the ex-fiance of Davis’ mother, had a mail route.

Miller and the team focused their search efforts to his mail route after it was revealed a year ago Vence once told his mother-in-law if he ever killed someone he had plenty of places in Rosharon to hide the body.

"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 told KHOU11.

Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, confirmed Vence made the comments.

No trace of Maleah has been found. The child has been missing for over two weeks.

  1. Although search teams are eager to find the 4-year-old, they fear the search may soon be suspended until they find something more substantial, reported the Houston Chronicle.

    "It is frustrating. We've been here before with other cases," Miller told the Chronicle.

    “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,” Miller added.

    Although the search has not yielded any results, Miller is still offering his support to Maleah’s family.

    "This is a baby," Miller told the Chronicle. "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."

    Vence was arrested for tampering with evidence in the disappearance of Maleah.

    His bond is set at $45,000.   

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: KHOU11)

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