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The Arkansas county where the remains of 4-year-old Maleah Davis were found is working on renaming a nearby bridge in her honor.

According to KTAL-TV, the Red Lake Road Bridge over Interstate 30 outside Fulton, near where Maleah's body was found, may soon be christened the "Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge."

Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton requested the approval from the Arkansas Transportation Department last month. He told local TV stations that he has secured support from the county's elected leaders and the girl's biological father, Craig Davis.

Maleah made national headlines after she was reported missing on May 4. Her stepfather, Derion Vence, told a hospital that he had been abducted on the way to the airport with Maleah and his then-1-year-old son. He said that when he woke up, his son was with him, but Maleah was gone.

He was later arrested on a charge of tampering with a corpse after police found evidence of blood matching Maleah's DNA in his apartment and a surveillance video of Vence walking out the door with a laundry basket stuffed with a black plastic bag.

Community activist Quanell X claimed to have elicited a jailhouse confession from Vence. X revealed that Vence allegedly told him that he'd accidentally killed the child and dumped her body in southwest Arkansas. The body was found in the location given to Quanell, but Maleah's body was not found in one piece as a roadside crew there accidentally mowed over the black bag containing her body.