HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Texas Equusearch is joining the search efforts for 4-year-old Maleah Davis on Monday.
An Amber Alert was issued for little Maleah on Sunday after she was reportedly abducted on Friday night.
Texas Equusearch is searching the area in northeast Houston that is believed to be the location where Maleah's stepfather, Derion Vence, said he pulled over to check on his tire after hearing a pop and was knocked unconscious by someone on Friday night.
Maleah, Derion and his 2-year-old son were reportedly abducted by three Hispanic males in a blue, Crew-cab, Chevy pickup truck (possibly a 2010 year model) Friday night. The father was assaulted, and he and his son were dropped off in the southwest Houston/Sugar Land area Saturday night, near State Highway 6 and the Southwest Freeway. The abductors kept Maleah with them and drove off.
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 Saturday night around 8 p.m. wearing a light blue Under Armor jacket, blue jeans, and gray Under Armor tennis shoes with pink and white details. Police say Maleah has also had brain surgery.
On Sunday, close friends of the family passed out flyers with a search party at Oyster Creek Park in Sugarland Sunday evening, hoping to find any clues to lead them closer to finding 5-year-old Maleah Davis’s disappearance.
Dominique Bryant, a friend of Maleah’s mom, Brittany Bowens, is leading the charge of the search party.
“The park is really busy so hopefully somebody may have seen something or heard something and maybe the flyer will refresh their memory,” Bryant said.
Maenesha Gatewood said she feels for Brittany, after a similar incident happened to her son a few years ago.
“It’s a panic. Not knowing, not being sure, of the uncertainty, that anything could happen. You know, the snap of a finger, the blink of an eye,” Gatewood said.
“The focus is not on who’s guilty, who’s not. Focus is just on finding Maleah and trying to get her home as quick and as safely as possible,” Bryant said.
Detectives ask anyone who saw Darion or Maleah after 9 p.m. Friday (May 3) to 6 p.m. on Saturday to contact HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Detectives said the motive in the kidnapping incident is unknown at this time.