The father of the man suspected of playing a part in 4-year-old Maleah Davis’ disappearance says his son is a good man who would have never harmed Maleah.
Joe D. Vence spoke exclusively with YouTube vlogger, Melvin Cedeno, of YouTube Channel IckedMel, on Sunday during an almost-hour video interview. Joe said that his son, 26-year-old Derion Vence, didn’t have anything to do with the disappearance of Maleah, who vanished at some point after April 30, when she was last seen on security footage at a Houston apartment complex.
Derion Vence is currently behind bars for tampering with evidence, a human corpse, in connection to Maleah’s disappearance. Authorities found blood evidence inside the suspect’s apartment that matched back to Maleah’s DNA. Cadaver dogs also picked up on scents of human decomposition inside the trunk of the vehicle Derion Vence was driving.
“It’s (Maleah’s) brother’s blood from his toothbrush,” Joe D. Vence argued. “It’s not her blood….. Traces of blood related to Maleah because it’s her brother’s. It’s like the (district attorney) was really pressing to get something going on this case because of the publicity.”
Joe D. Vence said that his son is also being railroaded by Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens. Joe claimed not only was Bowens physically abusive to Maleah, but that she never called police to report the girl missing, yet claimed the case would end up as a “Lifetime movie.”
“She’s just walking around making stories up.” Joe said. “She told my son the night of the disappearance, ‘I’m about to get a Lifetime movie out of this’…It don’t seem like she’s worried about Maleah too much to me.”
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 11, 2019
Joe said he is convinced that his son’s versions of events are true. Derion Vence told police that he was beat up by three Hispanic men on May 3, while on his way to pick up Bowens from the Houston airport. Bowens was out of town at her father’s funeral when Maleah disappeared. According to Derion, the three unknown men abducted Maleah and he hasn’t seen her since.
Further, when Cedeno asked Joe D. Vence about his son’s previous mail route with the Rosharon Post Office, he claimed Derion Vence never had a mail route and worked inside the mailroom for around three days before leaving the job completely. The statement contradicts what a postmaster with the Rosharon Post Office told Tim Miller, founder of Equusearch.
According to the postmaster, Derion Vence worked as a mail carrier for the Rosharon Post Office from June 2017 until August 2018. His route was along a secluded area near the Creepy Hollow Haunted House, an area where the Texas Equusearch team have been searching extensively for Maleah, after Derion Vence reportedly said last year that it would be a good place to hide a body.
Miller told CrimeOnline Derience Vence eventually lost his job because he wasted a lot of time while working and took frequent cigarette breaks.
Hear the full interview with Joe D. Vence below.
Meanwhile, Maleah remains missing. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
[Feature Photo: Maleah Davis/Handout]