Derion Vence Wiki
Derion Vence is the stepfather of missing 4-year-old Houston girl Maleah Davis. Vence told police he was attacked by three men who abducted Maleah after knocking him unconscious and driving him around for nearly 24 hours with his 1-year-old son before dropping them off and leaving with the girl. But police now say Vence has changed his story and he has been named as a person of interest in Maleah’s disappearance, KRIV-TV reports.
A police spokesman said Derion Vence’s story of how he got to the hospital has changed since he first talked to investigators. https://t.co/ysWMS6oxkM
— KIII 3 News (@kiii3news) May 7, 2019
An Amber Alert was issued for Maleah Davis on May 5. Vence told investigators he was assaulted on Friday, May 3, in Houston, and then was dropped off Saturday, May 6, in Sugar Land. “Amber Alert Update: Houston police tell me Darion Vence is a person of interest in his stepdaughter Maleah’s disappearance. Sugar Land police tell me he changed his story, first saying he walked to the hospital, then saying someone dropped him off,” KRIV-TV’s Ivory Hecker reported on May 7.
On May 5, Houston Police said Vence was not being considered a suspect at that time, but investigators were working to fill in the “many blanks” from his story about what he said happened. Vence told police that the assault happened Friday night as he drove to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to pick up Maleah’s mother. He said the men then drove around in their truck with him, his son and his stepdaughter, before leaving him and his son on the side of a road. Vence said he then walked to a hospital because no one would stop to help him, and reported Maleah missing. Houston Police began investigating late Saturday night.
Vence said the three men fled with Maleah in a blue Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck, possibly 2010 or similar model according to police. Investigators said Vence described the kidnappers only as Hispanic men.
— Trending News (@TrendPrimo) May 7, 2019
Brittany Bowens, Maleah’s mother, told HLN’s Nick Valencia that Vence is staying with his brother. Bowens told the reporter, “His story doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t. But in my gut, I believe him. … His story, it don’t sound right…Honestly, I haven’t really talked to him much because I’ve been focused on finding Maleah. I called his family…and he’s devastated. … I’m getting to a place where it’s getting hard for me to cry and I feel guilty about that. It’s getting to a place where I’m starting to feel numb.”
“Maleah is an African-American female with black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 3-feet tall and weighs 30-40 pounds. She was last seen … wearing a light blue Under Armor jacket, blue jeans, and gray Under Armour tennis shoes with pink and white details,” police said in the Amber Alert. Police initially said Maleah is 5, but later updated that information on May 6 to say that she is 4.
Volunteers from Texas EquuSearch joined the search for Maleah, according to KTRK-TV. “We want to start checking every single dumpster just in case. We believe in miracles. Let’s hope we get one,” EquuSearch’s Tim Miller told the news station. “I’m choked up right now thinking about her. I’ve been on these cases before. If it doesn’t touch your heart, and you don’t get emotional, you’re just not human.”
Police are looking for the 2011 silver Nissan Altima that Derion Vence (Maleah’s step-father) was driving & a 2010 model blue Chevy crew cab truck that Vence says the kidnappers were driving. #MaleahDavis #AmberAlert @CW39Houston pic.twitter.com/witamh0WMR
— Courtney Carpenter (@CourtneyCW39) May 6, 2019
EquuSearch said on May 7 that the search was being moved from where Vence said he had been kidnapped from and where he was dropped off to near his apartment in southwest Houston.
Police spelled Vence’s name as Darion Vence on social media, but according to public records, his name is actually spelled Derion Vence.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Vence Says He Heard a ‘Popping Noise’ While Driving, Pulled Over to Check on It & Was Attacked by Men He Thought Were Stopping to Help Him
- Vence told police that the three Hispanic men were driving him around with his son and stepdaughter in the back of the truck
- He Says He Can’t Remember Much of the Next 24 Hours & Woke Up on the Side of a Highway With His 1-Year-Old Son & Had to Wander to a Hospital
- According to Holbrook, Vence said he arrived at the hospital about 10-11 p.m. Saturday night
- He said he was walking up Highway 6, no one would help him, no one was stopping, so he just had to walk all the way
- Vence was treated for a head injury. Houston Police began investigating just before midnight and issued the Amber Alert Sunday morning.
- Vence, Who Has No Criminal Record, Is ‘at Home With His Family’ After Being Interviewed by Investigators
- Vence told police, “does not remember a 24 hour period of his life, maybe somebody saw him, maybe he was walking around in a daze, maybe someone saw him doing something.
- He & Maleah’s Mother Have a Son Together & Have Been a Couple for Several Years
- . Maleah Davis Was Removed From the Home Where She Lives With Vence & Her Mother Last August, but Was Returned to the Family in February
#AmberAlert issued for 5-year-old Maleah Davis who was abducted in north Houston, Texas on Friday @ 9PM. Maleah, her stepfather Derion Vence, and his son Courtland were on their way to pick up Maleah’s mother from Bush Intercontinental Airport when Darion pulled over on U.S. 59 pic.twitter.com/LgVbP1pYvV
— Missing Persons Planet (@Home4theMissing) May 6, 2019