Prosecutors say video shows man charged in case of missing 2 year old dumping trash bag into storm drain


HOUSTON, TX – Prosecutors allege that they have possession of a video which shows a man, who has been charged for the murder, dumping what could be her remains into a storm drain before the 2-year-old’s body was found in a Bayou.

Travion Thompson, the boyfriend of the young girl’s mother, Sahara Ervin, was allegedly captured on video surveillance dumping what police believe was the remains of the young girl.  Both have been arrested for and charged with, for now, evidence tampering and injury to a child in the death of Maliyah Bass’ death.

Thompson initially was seeking bond, which was denied, in the case until prosecutors allegedly found the video showing him dumping what they believe to be Maliyah’s body into a storm drain.  They allege that the video shows Thompson tipping a bin into the storm drain which drains into the Brays Bayou. 

Ervin was granted a bond in the case, $75,000, on the tampering charge and a $100,000 bond on the injury to a child case.  Initially the pair had attempted to say that Maliyah had been abducted. 

In August, the pair had reported that Maliyah had been abducted from the couple’s southwest Houston apartment complex.  They claimed that they had last seen her before 10am in the 1600 block of Beechnut Street. 

Ervin claimed that she had briefly gone inside her apartment while she allowed Maliyah to play outside for a few moments unsupervised.  When she returned outside, Maliyah was gone.  A friend of Ervin, Jasmine Freeman, said:

“She’s just mentally not functioning right now.  She said everything happened within a blink of an eye.  She was right here at the park and then she was gone.”

Police scrambled, as is normal in these types of cases, to find the young child.  They called in additional resources, like Texas Equusearch, who joined in trying to find her.  Texas Equusearch Coordinator Coy Murphy said:

“We’ve had foot searchers on the ground.  We’ve had ATVs searching, as well, and we’ve cleared a lot of areas.  We haven’t found anything just yet.”

Police issued an Amber alert in the case, hoping that would lead to the recovery of Maliyah safely.  Sadly, the Amber alert was cancelled after her body was recovered in the bayou.  Police worked diligently and seemingly discovered that the couple was not innocent in the young child’s death.

Maliyah’s body was found by a jogger in the Bayou approximately 25 miles away from where Ervin had claimed that the young girl had been kidnapped.  At the time of the discovery of the body, Houston Police Chief Art Avevedo said:

“We believe that, although we can’t confirm it’s her, we believe there’s a high probability of it being her.  We don’t want to give people false hope.  We want to hold onto a little hope, but we want to prepare for the worst.”

Thompson, who did his best at making it appear as if he actually cared for the child, said:

“The community did better than the police did and my baby could’ve been anywhere at any time…That’s my baby.  She knows her ABCs.  She knows her 123s.  She knew how to talk because of me and her mother.  She was smart, she was growing up to be something.”

In early October, the Ervin and Thompson were both arrested for injury to a child and tampering with evidence.  Houston Police allege that they suspected their involvement from the beginning of the investigation.  Maliyah’s father, Octavious Bass said:

“I want to know what actually happened to her [Maliyah] and I’m glad they [police] found out about them.”

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Police: Video Shows Man Wheeling Wife’s Dead Body Out of Hotel

May 15, 2019 PHOENIX, Ariz. – When police pulled over an elderly man in his underwear and his completely nude wife, things quickly got interesting. 

According to reports, police stopped 70-year-old Rodney Puckett on Tuesday and discovered that he was traveling along the highway with his wife’s lifeless body sitting in the vehicle with her head down by the floor of the car. Puckett was wearing only underwear. His deceased wife was nude.

When the officer who stopped Puckett started asking questions, Puckett admitted that the two were on vacation, and in the middle of the trip, she passed away.

Instead of calling the police and reporting the untimely death, Puckett decided to load her into the car and continue on their journey. 

Video recovered from the couple’s hotel in El Paso, Texas shows what appears to be Puckett using a luggage cart to bring his dead wife’s body out to their vehicle. His wife showed signs of blunt force trauma, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

Prosecutors say video shows man charged in case of missing 2 year old dumping trash bag into storm drain
Rodney Pickett was found with his deceased wife inside his vehicle.


The body was identified as 74-year-old Linda Puckett. The couple can be seen on video walking into the hotel on Sunday, but on Monday, Rodney was the only one on his feet.

“It appears as though a woman’s body is hidden under a blanket on the cart,” Eloy police said in a statement released Tuesday.

Puckett told police that he discovered Linda’s body unresponsive in the hotel room, but was unable to revive her.

“It is not clear what his intentions were at this point,” the statement said.


Puckett is being held on a charge of abandonment or concealment of a dead body but could face additional charges, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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