Maleah was reported missing May 4, while she was in the care of Vence as her mother attended an out-of-town funeral, according to previous Cox Media Group reports. Vence told police that he, Maleah and his 2-year-old son were abducted by three men who later let him and his son go. However, Sugar Land police, who initially interviewed him, said his story kept changing and didn't add up.
Vence was arrested May 11.
Maleah’s remains were found May 31 along the side of a Fulton, Arkansas road after a community activist told police that Vence admitted to disposing of her body in the area.
Vence has denied killing Maleah. His attorney, Dorian Cotlar, declined comment to The Chronicle.