Balloon release for missing Houston 4-year-old, search temporarily suspended

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HOUSTON (CNN) – Four-year-old Maleah Davis is still missing, but her Texas community is still holding out hope of finding her alive.

Pink and white balloons were released Wednesday during a vigil.

Supporters also wore blue for child abuse awareness.

Earlier Wednesday, crews searched a rural area where the man charged in connection with her disappearance once described as a good place to hide a body.

Fields, pastures, and ditches were searched and volunteers walked neighborhoods looking for any sign of the child, but nothing was found, and the search has been temporarily suspended while investigators seek out a better target area.

A friend of Maleah’s family talked about her pain at the balloon release.

“I think the hardest thing about all of this is really not knowing, you know what I mean?” says family friend Siera Sims. “Not knowing, if this child is alive or not. That’s the hardest thing, for me and for everybody out here is just, people want to know is she OK? Is she safe?”

Maleah Davis was reported missing on May 4.

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