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Cops: We Think We've Found Maleah

Human remains found in Arkansas will be tested to see if they're missing Houston 4-year-old
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2019 6:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The search for little Maleah Davis may be over. Human remains were found in Arkansas Friday, and police think they may be the missing Houston 4-year-old, per the New York Daily News. "Do we believe that it's possibly her? Yes. But can we confirm it right now? No," says Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner, adding, per CNN: "I anticipate more charges. As for who and when, I don't know right now." Quanell X, an activist who has helped Maleah's mother, tells KTRK that suspect Derion Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah's mother, confessed to killing Maleah and told him where the body was when Quanell visited him in jail on Friday.

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"All I can say is he told me it was an accident, and that she is dead and where he dumped her body," Quanell told reporters. "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." Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton tells KTAL that road workers found a black garbage bag, said to contain bones and blood and with a foul stench, on the side of a road in Fulton. Singleton says the bag had actually been found earlier in the week, but the road crew initially thought it contained the body of a dead animal, per the Houston Chronicle. "It might be Maleah but we can't be certain," Houston Police Commander Michael Skillern says. The remains have been flown back to Texas and will be tested. "If it's not Maleah, it's somebody's child," Finner says. (Read more Maleah Davis stories.)

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