The remains of Maleah Davis have been identified, authorities said Monday.
Located in Arkansas on Friday during a search, the remains now have been positively identified as those of the missing 4-year-old girl, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said.
The cause and manner of her death are still pending, according to the forensic institute.
Maleah was reported missing in early May by her mother’s former fiancé, Derion Vence. Vence initially told police that Maleah had been abducted by a group of men but investigators found signs of decay in his car and blood evidence in his apartment.
The missing girl’s bones were found in a bloodied black garbage bag by a road crew on Interstate 30 near Fulton, about 330 miles from where she vanished, KTRK reported. Her cause of death hasn’t been released.
Derion Vence, who dated the missing girl’s mother, confessed to killing the girl by accident and provided law enforcement with enough information to send them to Arkansas, according to KTRK.
Earlier Friday, Houston police had said child remains found in a bag in southwest Arkansas might belong to Maleah.
Police Chief Art Acevedo said the department was “saddened” by the news but “heartened by the fact that this sweet child can now receive the proper burial she deserved.”