It has been confirmed that the human remains found in Arkansas last week were positively identfied as those of Maleah Davis.
Beyond that, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said the formerly missing 4-year-old girl’s cause and manner of death are pending further tests and investigation.
Click2Houston reports that Art Acevedo, the chief of police, said in a written statement that his office will continue to work with prosecutors to ensure those responsible for Maleah’s death are brought to justice.
“The Houston Police Department will continue to work diligently with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and other partners to ensure the person(s) responsible for her death, and the attempted cover-up of her death, are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Acevedo said in the statement. “HPD will not rest until justice is served in this case.”
We can only assume the Chief is speaking about her purported stepfather, Derion Vence, who reported her missing May 4. He was arrested seven days later on a charge of tampering with evidence.
As we reported earlier, Vence confessed to community activist Quanell X, that he dumped Maleah’s body in Arkansas and that her death was the result of an accident.
Vence has been held in jail since his arrest.