(CNN)Derion Vence, the person that modified into as soon as looking at 4-yr-feeble Maleah Davis when she went lacking, has been booked into the Harris County jail on suspicion of tampering with evidence, a human corpse, in step with the jail web set.
Police in Houston have not any longer said whether or no longer a body has been chanced on.
Investigators chanced on blood evidence linked to Maleah in his home, police said in a Saturday news free up
Vence, 26, modified into as soon as arrested Saturday at a relative’s dwelling in Sugar Land, southwest of Houston, police said. A court docket look is scheduled for Monday.
Police consult with Vence as Maleah’s stepfather. A spokesman for the mother’s household told CNN the two had been engaged nonetheless that has ended. Police beforehand had spelled his first name as “Darion.”
Vence has told police that closing Saturday he modified into as soon as riding to the airport to clutch up Maleah’s mother and had Maleah and his 1-yr-feeble son in his automobile. On the style, he heard a “popping noise,” stopped his automobile attributable to he notion he had a flat tire and modified into as soon as knocked unconscious by three strangers who pulled up in a blue pickup truck, he told police.
When he aroused from sleep a day later, the boy modified into as soon as nonetheless there nonetheless Maleah modified into as soon as gone, he told police.
Vence’s automobile, a silver Nissan Altima, modified into as soon as chanced on two days ago within the parking of a shopping mall in Missouri City, Texas. Police said a laundry basket and a gasoline can had been tell within the trunk.
Vence had been considered carrying the laundry basket from his home, police said. They are asking for americans that can know where the gasoline can modified into as soon as sold to contact the homicide division.
CNN has reached out to Vence several instances this week, nonetheless did not get a reply. Or no longer it’s unclear if he has a attorney.
Tampering with a human corpse is a 2d-stage criminal in Texas, which if the defendant is convicted, is punishable by between two and two decades in jail.