Richardson, TX – On Sunday afternoon, Richardson police announced that they believe they have found the body of missing three-year-old Sherin Mathews.
The child, who had mental disabilities which made it difficult for her to communicate, was reported missing by her father about two weeks ago, according to Fox News .
Detectives from the Richardson Police Department discovered a body around 11 AM on Sunday in a culvert beneath a road near her father’s residence.
Police believe it to be Sherin’s body but cannot confirm until there is a positive identification by “proper officials.”
Questions have surrounded the adopted child’s disappearance, after her father says that he left her outside at 3 AM to punish her for not drinking her milk.
He reported her missing about five hours after he left her outside, in an area that he described as populated by coyotes.
Detectives also discovered on the night Sherin disappeared that someone had driven the family SUV away from their home in Richardson, and didn’t return until an hour later.
Wesley Mathews has also changed his story about Sherin’s disappearance since he first talked to police. Mathews did not tell police until days after her disappearance that he had done laundry before he reported her missing.
Sherin’s mother was reportedly asleep when she went missing.
Police have used search warrants to seize multiple items of potential evidence, including a vacuum cleaner, trash bags, hair fibers, cell phones, and laptops.
Other items that were seized which may have significant evidentiary value include a blue string, dark hair-like fibers, vacuum contents, two yellow gloves, dish scrubber inside two grocery bags, the washer and dryer, and surveillance video from the neighbors.
Other items seized included receipts, grass, and other debris from three vehicles belonging to the Mathews family. DNA swabs have been collected by officers from Wesley Mathews and his wife.
Sherin had been adopted by the Mathews in June, 2016, after she had been abandoned in her native country of India.
Wesley Mathews has been charged with child endangerment but has been released from jail on bond. He is wearing an ankle monitor to keep track of his location.
The couple’s four-year-old daughter is in the custody of a family friend. Child Protective Services has said that they are familiar with the family but would not release additional details.