Body found during search for 3-year-old Sherin Mathews

"During one of those search operations, the body of a small child was discovered in the area of East Spring Valley Road and South Bowser Road", Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said Sunday, according to KTVT.

Police said the family's SUV was seized as evidence after they learned it disappeared in the five hours between Sherin's disappearance and her father calling police.

When Mathews checked on Sherin 15 minutes later, she was gone, the father told police.

Police are reported to have taken DNA swabs, receipts, grass and other debris from three vehicles belonging to the Mathews family.

Mathews, 37, is charged with abandoning or endangering a child and is free on bond.

Sherin was adopted from the Mother Teresa Anath Seva Sansthan a year ago, according to the Dallas Morning News. The CPS has previously said it had been involved with the Mathews prior to Sherin's disappearance, but refused to say for which child and why they were called in.

Mathews told police that he had seen coyotes in the alley near where he told his daughter to stand, the affidavit said.

A medical examiner still has to make a positive identification, but Perlich said, "It is most likely" Sherin Matthews.

"It led to the search of that area with canines, and that's how we came across the body". The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Sherin's parents are also expected in court Monday to regain custody of their 4-year-old daughter who was removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Law enforcement has since searched the Mathews' home and taken a number of items, including a vacuum cleaner, trash bags, hair fibers, cell phones and laptops, police said. The girl's mother does not face any charges. Sherin's case has caught the attention of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. "Indian Embassy in United States is actively involved and they keep me informed".

Investigators have asked neighbors and area businesses to check their video surveillance cameras for footage of a maroon Acura SUV owned by the Mathews family that they believe left the home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on October 7.

  • Rogelio Becker