HOUSTON – The body of a 2-year-old girl was found Sunday in Houston, police said.
According to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, the child was found in Brays Bayou and it’s highly probable the body is that of a 2-year-old girl who was reported missing from an apartment complex playground since Saturday morning according to KPRC2, KSAT12′s sister station.
HPD homicide detectives are en route to the 5200 block of Carrolton Street after a small child was found deceased in Braes Bayou. There is no ID or cause of death at this time. The scene is still developing and no further information is available at this time. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 23, 2020
An Amber Alert was issued for Maliyah Bass, last seen around 9:30 a.m., Saturday, in the 10600 block of Beechnut Street, KPRC reported.
Acevedo said the body of the child has not been determined to be Maliyah, however, based on proximity to the report of a missing child and proximity of where it occurred there is a high probability that it is her.
Acevedo said at 10:30 a.m. a jogger spotted the body floating in the bayou and called authorities.
The Houston Fire Department pulled the body from the bayou and pronounced her deceased at the scene, Acevedo said.
Acevedo said that even if the body is not Maliyah’s, he is highly confident that foul play is involved. He is asking the public for help in this case.
“If you live or have a business by the bayou, go back for the last 24 hours and take an extensive look at any camera you may have,” Acevedo said. “If you saw anything suspicious, if you saw any suspicious vehicles or individuals in the last 24 hours, anything that has happened in the last 24 hours, call us right away. We need the public’s help.”
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