"The abductors kept Maleah with them and drove off", police said in the amber alert, which was issued on Sunday morning.
Authorities in Houston are searching for a 5-year-old girl whose stepfather said she may have been kidnapped, Houston police said. The three had been driving to pick up the children's mother from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport when what they thought might have been a popped tire caused them to pull off to the side.
A blue pickup then pulled up behind them, Vence told authorities, and two men got out of the truck.
"I don't want to speculate", he said, adding that police need the public's help to find out "what story is true, what really happened".
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Anyone who sees Maleah or the suspects is urged to call 911 immediately, or call the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600 if you have any other information that could help investigators.
Holbrook declined to say if police are suspicious of Vence's story.
"She's needed a lot of care", he said.
Dominique Bryant, a friend of Maleah's mother who is helping pass out information about the missing child, commented on the incident.
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Investigators are also interviewing family members. The father was assaulted, and he and his son were dropped off in the southwest Houston/Sugar Land area Saturday night, near State Highway 6 and the Southwest Freeway. It has not been seen since.
The stepfather, identified as Darion Vence, said he was knocked out, and went in and out of consciousness. He was asked if there's corroboration that Vence was wondering with a toddler. "If somebody saw him, if maybe he was walking around in a daze, I'd love to know anything about that". "We don't know. I just don't know".
A small search party handed out 100 missing-person posters in a park in Sugar Land, near where Maleah allegedly disappeared, CNN affiliate KPRC reported.
"She's a spunky little thing, you know, and she's attractive", Amber Fannin, a family friend helping with the search, told KPRC.
"She's a spunky little thing, you know, and she's handsome". She was last seen Saturday night around 8 p.m. wearing a light blue Under Armor jacket, blue jeans, and gray Under Armor tennis shoes with pink and white details.
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