Less than a mile away from the Richardson home where 3-year-old Sherin Mathews was reported missing two weeks ago, authorities discovered the body of a young girl on Sunday.
Police have yet to confirm whether the body is that of Sherin Mathews, who has been missing since October 7, after her adoptive father placed her near a tree outside of the home.
The father told authorities he had placed the 3-year-old outside due to a punishment for not drinking her milk at 3am.
At this time, authorities have indicated that they no reason to believe that the child could be anyone else.
The medical examiner will determine the child’s identification and cause of death.
“The indications are that it is most likely her, however, we have not had a positive ID. So until we have a positive identification we are not going to say it is Sherin,” Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.
The body was found about 11 a.m. in a culvert near East Spring Valley and South Bowser roads, east of U.S. Highway 75, with the help of search dogs.
The parents have been notified of the discovery.
The girl’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child after Sherin went missing. He was released from jail after posting bond and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device and surrender his passport.
No additional charges have been filed.
We will keep you posted on any updates.