Derion Vence, the ex-fiancé of the child’s mother, who authorities say was the last person to see the missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis, has been charged with tampering with evidence, namely a corpse, in the disappearance.
26-year-old Vence was taken into custody over the weekend at a relative’s home in Sugarland, Texas.
A law enforcement source told ABC13 that he was picked up by the Golf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force- on the charge of tampering with evidence, namely a corpse. Even though police are not officially confirming the four-year-old is dead, the source claims, police do not expect to find the child alive.
The source also told ABC13 that Maleah was last seen alive on surveillance video in her family’s apartment complex on April 30, the same day her mother left town for a funeral. Cameras captured Vence bringing her back into their family apartment that morning, after that, investigators say he was never seen with her.
May 3, Vence was seen leaving the apartment building with his 1-year old son and a laundry basket containing a large black plastic bag.
The Texas EquuSearch volunteers have been looking for Maleah since the story of her abduction as told to police by Vence.
The ex-fiancé claimed, that he was carjacked and physically attacked, and Maleah was kidnapped. However, the investigation has already found evidence of Maleah’s blood in the apartment, along with the laundry basket, and can of gasoline in the car Vence reported was “stolen.”
Police claim there is video proof of Vence being dropped off at Sugarland Hospital right before he walked in claiming to had been carjacked by three Hispanic men.
Vence’s bond has been set to $1 million.