HPD: Cellphone found by group in west Houston not related to Maleah Davis

Houston police recover a cell phone found by independent volunteers who believe it could be related to the disappearance of 4-year-old Maleah Davis on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Houston police recover a cell phone found by independent volunteers who believe it could be related to the disappearance of 4-year-old Maleah Davis on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Photo: Jay R. Jordan

A cell phone found by a group of volunteers looking for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis is not connected to the little girl, Houston police confirmed.

The group of about a half-dozen people searching along Patterson Road located the cellphone around noon Friday, according to Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller. The group, which is not affiliated with the search organization, told authorities they believed the phone was related to Maleah’s disappearance.

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Why they thought it was related is unclear. A Houston police officer who recovered the cellphone declined to comment on the case. Several members of the group declined to speak after law enforcement left the scene.

A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department later said detectives determined that the phone has nothing to do with the girl’s disappearance and that police did not know why the group thought the phone was related.

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Miller said that the group is not associated with Texas EquuSearch and expressed frustration with similar groups, who work without any coordination with law enforcement.

Maleah has been missing since early May, after her mother’s boyfriend Darien Vence reported that she was abducted by three men. That story later fell apart, police said, and Vence is now accused of tampering with a corpse after blood linked to Maleah was found in his southwest Houston apartment.

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