‘There’s an angel on this bridge:’ Red Lake Bridge in Arkansas renamed Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge

Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge (PHOTO: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)

Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge (PHOTO: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, Ark. — A bridge in Hempstead County, Arkansas, was renamed Saturday, Nov. 9 to honor a slain 4-year-old girl.

The Red Lake Bridge became the Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge, according to CNN affiliate KTAL-TV.

Maleah was reported missing in early May in Texas by her mother’s former fiancé, Derion Vence, who initially told police he was attacked and woke up 24 hours later on the side of the road with Maleah missing.

After a weeks-long search that expanded state lines, her remains were found in Hempstead County, in southwest Arkansas, in June. Police found inconsistencies in Vence’s story and he was indicted in July on a charge of tampering with the girl’s body.

“Closure helps and we hope that everybody that passes this spot will look at this sign and say there’s an angel on this bridge or right near to this bridge near and dear to our heart, ” Hempstead County Sheriff James A. Singleton told KTAL.

The Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge crosses Interstate 30 in Hempstead County, KTAL reported.

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