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The Latest: Sheriff: Bag with foul smell found in search

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago Friday, May 31 2019 May 31, 2019 May 31, 2019 3:35 PM May 31, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the search for a 4-year-old Texas girl reported missing in early May (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A sheriff says authorities in Arkansas looking for the body of a missing 4-year-old Houston girl are trying to determine if her remains were inside a plastic bag found during the search.

Sheriff James Singleton in Arkansas' Hempstead County says workers first found the bag a couple of days ago. The bag had a foul odor coming from it.

Singleton says another work crew mowing grass near the city of Hope, Arkansas, came across the bag Friday and might have accidentally run over it.

The search for Maleah Davis shifted to Arkansas after a community activist said the man arrested in connection with her disappearance confessed he disposed of her body there.

Singleton says the bag's contents will likely have to be identified at the medical examiner's office in Little Rock.

3 p.m.

Texas-based searchers are headed to Arkansas to help look for a missing 4-year-old Houston girl after a community activist said the man arrested in connection with her disappearance confessed he disposed of her body there.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch, says his group will fly to Arkansas on Friday to search for Maleah Davis' body.

Sheriff James Singleton in Arkansas' Hempstead County said his agency and others had begun searching Friday afternoon outside of Hope, Arkansas.

Quanell X, a local civil rights activist, says he spoke on Friday in jail with Derion Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah's mother, who had claimed Maleah was abducted May 4.

Quanell X says Vence confessed he dumped Maleah's body in Arkansas. Quanell X declined to comment on what happened to Maleah.

2 p.m.

Searchers are headed to Arkansas to look for a missing 4-year-old Texas girl after a community activist said the man arrested in connection with her disappearance confessed he disposed of her body there.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch, says his group will fly to Arkansas on Friday afternoon to search for Maleah Davis' body. Miller declined to say where in Arkansas he was going.

Quanell X, a local civil rights activist, says he spoke on Friday in jail with Derion Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah's mother, who had claimed Maleah was taken by a group of men May 4.

Quanell X says Vence confessed he dumped the Houston girl's body in Arkansas. Quanell X declined to comment on what happened to Maleah.

Houston police declined comment.

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