Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge Dedication
On Saturday November 9, 2019 at 10:00 am, a ceremony dedicating the Red Lake bridge over I-30 at Exit 18 in Hempstead County, Arkansas will be held to formally name the bridge “Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge".
On May 31, 2019, the world paused when it was announced that the body of Maleah Davis, a 4-year-old from Houston, TX could possibly be dumped along Interstate 30 in Hempstead County Arkansas. A search began immediately and included: Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish Enforcement Officers, Hope Police and the FBI, was immediately undertaken. The initial search was at exit 30 in Hope.
A road crew that was mowing in the area of the on ramp at exit 18, reported that they discovered a black trash bag that was emitting a foul odor and had what looked like blood on it. Investigators arrived and discovered that the trash bag contained the remains of a small child.
On Monday June 3, 2019 the Harris County, Texas Medical Examiner identified the remains found in the trash bag at exit 18 as those of the 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Maleah had been missing since the earlier part of May.
Per a news release from Hempstead County Sheriff's Department.... On July 24, 2019, The Arkansas Highway Commission passed minute Order 2019-080 to allow the installation of one sign at each end of the overpass, as requested by the County. Funds for the sign were donated by a Citizen of Hempstead County who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Sheriff at Hempstead County said:
I would like to invite all who would like to show support or participated in the search for Maleah, Her Family, the Officers who had to work the scene and anyone who may way want to let the world know that we The Law Enforcement Officers of Hempstead County will never forget May 31, 2019 and will always think of Maleah as Our Little Angel.
Mark your calendars for November 9 at 10 AM and join me at the bridge to honor sweet baby girl, Maleah. #maleahdavismemorialbridge