HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the search for a 4-year-old Texas girl reported missing Saturday (all times local):
Police say the car that was reportedly stolen when a Houston girl disappeared last week was found unlocked and apparently undamaged in a suburban parking lot.
Houston police Detective Kenneth Fregia says a woman spotted the gray Nissan Altima on Thursday in a Missouri City lot and notified the authorities.
He says the car appeared “normal” and that investigators will search it carefully for any evidence that might help them find 4-year-old Maleah Davis. He also says they are searching for security camera footage that might show when and how the car arrived in the lot.
Police say Maleah Davis’ stepfather, Darion Vence, told investigators that he was driving to the airport to pick up the girl’s mother Friday night when he pulled over to check if it had a flat tire. They say Vence said men in a pickup truck pulled up, knocked him out and abducted him, Maleah and his 2-year-old son before eventually allowing him and the boy to go free.
Authorities say Vence reported the abduction at a hospital on Saturday night and explained that he had been in and out of consciousness over the previous 24 hours.