Fulton overpass could be renamed to honor Maleah Davis

FULTON, Ark. - An overpass in Southwest Arkansas could soon be named after Maleah Davis.

The 4-year old child's remains were found on May 31st about a month after she disappeared in a trash bag near exit 18 on Interstate 30.

Officials in Hempstead County initially wanted to name a section of interstate in her honor, but transportation officials say its reserved for law enforcement.

They're now working to rename the Red Lake Road overpass after her.

Currently, there's a memorial sign in Fulton which reads "Rest in Peace Sweet Angel Always in Our Hearts".

There's also dozens of flowers, crosses, toys, and other items set out as a memorial to Maleah.

If approved, a "Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge" sign will be placed on each end of the overpass.

The Hempstead County Quorum Court recently passed a resolution in favor of the new name.

Sheriff James Singleton says Maleah's biological father also approved the signs.

He says the two new signs will not cost the county anything.

"It's generous donations from the people of Hempstead County that want to remember this child, and all the missing and exploited children across the United States that have not been reunited with their families," said Sheriff Singleton.

The county is still waiting on approval from the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

If approved, a community event will be held to dedicate the new signs.

A medical examiner recently determined the cause of the child's death was "homicidal violence."

Derion Vence, the former fiancé of Maleah's mother, is in jail in connection with her death.

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