Search for Maleah Davis hones in on a haunted house as the four-year-old's distraught father shares photos of her on social media 10 days after she was reported missing by her stepfather

  • The hunt for Maleah was directed to the Creepy Holly Haunted House in Rosharon which is 32 miles south of Houston 
  • A volunteer search group got a tip from police to search it authorities will not reveal more information about it 
  • Maleah was last seen entering her stepfather's home on April 30 
  • He has been charged with tampering with a corpse after blood was found in the car he said was stolen with her in it but she is yet to be found
  • Her biological father has meanwhile blamed him for the girl's death and shared photographs of her on social media 
  • Her mother, who left her with the allegedly abusive stepfather, is also facing scrutiny  

Maleah has not been seen since April 30. She was reported missing by her stepfather on May 4

Maleah has not been seen since April 30. She was reported missing by her stepfather on May 4

The search for Maleah Davis, a four-year-old from Texas who has not been seen alive since April 30, honed in on a haunted house on Wednesday as her father shared nostalgic photographs of them online and her stepfather languished in jail, awaiting his next court appearance. 

The child has not been seen alive since she entered her stepfather Derion Vence's apartment on April 30. 

Surveillance footage captured her going inside but never coming back out whereas he was filmed leaving the apartment three days later carrying a basket and a black trash bag. 

He reported her missing on May 4, claiming that they were both kidnapped by assailants who took his car with her inside it. He said the men freed him but kept Maleah, a farfetched story which investigators quickly poked holes in. 

Vence has been charged with tampering with a corpse but he has not been charged with killing the girl and her body is yet to be found. 

Authorities have found blood inside the car he said was taken from him and inside the home but they have not yet found unequivocal proof of her murder. 

As the search for her entered its 10th day on Wednesday, Vence remained in jail awaiting his next court appearance on July 10 and her biological father, Craig Davis, despaired. 

The search for Maleah Davis honed in on the site surrounding the Creepy Hollow Haunted House on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, on Wednesday after search teams say they got a tip from police

The search for Maleah Davis honed in on the site surrounding the Creepy Hollow Haunted House on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, on Wednesday after search teams say they got a tip from police

Maleah's biological father Craig Davis shared photographs of her and of them together on Instagram. She was recovering from a brain injury which required surgery. Her mother said she got the injury by falling. Maleah was temporarily removed from her mother's care over the incident but she returned to live with her in February

Maleah's biological father Craig Davis shared photographs of her and of them together on Instagram. She was recovering from a brain injury which required surgery. Her mother said she got the injury by falling. Maleah was temporarily removed from her mother's care over the incident but she returned to live with her in February 

Davis's father released these photographs of the four-year-old on Wednesday
Davis's father released these photographs of the four-year-old on Wednesday

Davis's father released these photographs of the four-year-old on Wednesday

He believes Vence holds the answers to his daughter's disappearance and probable death and has implored him publicly to reveal what happened to her. 

Derion Vence, 26, is in custody on charges of tampering with a corpse. He is expected to be charged with murder

Derion Vence, 26, is in custody on charges of tampering with a corpse. He is expected to be charged with murder 

On Wednesday, EquuSearch, the non-profit group of volunteers looking for Maleah, said it got a tip from the Houston Police Department to search near the Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon. 

The two organizations work together in missing persons cases and EquuSearch, while a volunteer group, has greater manpower than the police department to search large sites. 

The police department has refused to share information about the investigation or answer questions about it. 

Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, has meanwhile come under fire for leaving her in Vence's care. 

She was out of town when she went missing and only learned something was amiss when Vence did not pick her up from the airport as he had planned to. 

Maleah Davis is shown walking into stepfather Derion Vence's home in Houston but was not seen again.

Maleah Davis is shown walking into stepfather Derion Vence's home in Houston but was not seen again.

In what is believed to be the final image of Maleah alive, the four-year-old is shown entering the apartment in a pink tutu

In what is believed to be the final image of Maleah alive, the four-year-old is shown entering the apartment in a pink tutu 

Vence is seen leaving the family's apartment with a blue laundry basket carrying a large black trash bag, the next time he emerged from the home, on May 3. It is the day he claimed they were all kidnapped

Vence is seen leaving the family's apartment with a blue laundry basket carrying a large black trash bag, the next time he emerged from the home, on May 3. It is the day he claimed they were all kidnapped 

Vence and his one-year-old are shown on May 3, the day he said all three of them were kidnapped, but there is no sign of Maleah

Vence and his one-year-old are shown on May 3, the day he said all three of them were kidnapped, but there is no sign of Maleah

Another surveillance photo shows Vence entering the hospital with his one-year-old son the day on May 4, after he said they were all taken captive

Another surveillance photo shows Vence entering the hospital with his one-year-old son the day on May 4, after he said they were all taken captive 

She did not call 911 but instead got a different relative to collect her. 

Since Vence was charged, she has been communicating with the media through a Black Panther-leader representative, Quanell X. 

Earlier this week he accused Vence of being abusive to Maleah and her mother and said that he had attacked the girl to get back at her mother for calling off their engagement and calling him gay. 

Questions remain over when she ended their romance and why she left her daughter in his care if she knew he was abusive. 

The silver Nissan Vence was driving when the alleged attack took place was found on Thursday at a shopping center in Missouri City, Texas, off Highway 6

The silver Nissan Vence was driving when the alleged attack took place was found on Thursday at a shopping center in Missouri City, Texas, off Highway 6

She has not been arrested or charged but was heckled by the girl's father as she left court on Monday after a canceled appearance where Vence was due to go before a judge.  

Maleah was removed from her mother's care over allegations of physical abuse. 

According to records, it was to do with a brain injury which she had to have surgery for this March. 

Bowens insists that she got the wound in a fall. She resumed custody of her in February this year. 

Brittany Bowens is shown leaving court on Monday, crying, after a hearing for her ex-fiance, who is accused in the disappearance of her daughter, was canceled

Brittany Bowens is shown leaving court on Monday, crying, after a hearing for her ex-fiance, who is accused in the disappearance of her daughter, was canceled 

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