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Body of found of 3-year-old Texas girl missing for weeks

October 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Body of found of 3-year-old Texas girl missing for weeks Sherin Mathews and her father, Wesley

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On Sunday, authorities in Richardson, Texas, revealed that they believe they have discovered the body of Sherin Mathews, the adopted 3-year-old girl who went missing in the early morning hours of October 7th.

The Richardson Police Department said detectives found a body at roughly 11 a.m. Sunday in a culvert under a road and believe the remains belong to Mathews; however, officers won’t identify the body until there is a positive ID by proper officials.

The area where the body was discovered is close to the Mathews’ residence, Myfox8 reported.

Mathews, who has a developmental disability, went missing two weeks ago after her father, Wesley Mathews, left her in an alley at 3 am— in an area often frequented by coyotes — because she didn’t finish her milk.

Police in Texas believe they have found the body of missing 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, but won’t identify the body until there is a positive identification by proper officials. (Richardson Texas Police Department via AP)

Wesley, 37, said when he went to see where she was 15 minutes later, she was missing. He didn’t contact the police until five hours later.

Sherin’s father allegedly washed clothes while Sherin was gone, while Sherin’s mother, Sini, claimed she was sleeping during the ordeal.

Authorities learned that on the morning Sherin went missing, someone had taken the family’s SUV away from their residence in Richardson and didn’t return until an hour later. It was after the SUV came back that Wesley reported the child missing.

As they continued to look into the 3-year-old’s disappearance, investigators had searched the Mathews’ home and took some items, including a vacuum cleaner, trash bags, hair fibers, phones, and laptops.

Bree West, a former Dallas County assistant district attorney who’s not affiliated with the case, said that most of the items taken from the home were standard. However, West noticed some items, including a blue string, dark hair fibers, vacuum contents, two gloves, dish scrubber inside two bags and the washer and dryer — had seemed unique.

Officers had also obtained DNA swabs, receipts, grass and other debris from three cars belonging to the family.

Wesley was charged with endangering a child but was released on bond.

The Mathews had adopted Sherin in 2016 after she was abandoned in her native country of India.

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