Body of a Small Child Found in Search for Missing 3-Year-Old Girl

 body of child found in sherin mathews search
Richardson Police Department

Three-year-old Sherin Mathews went missing over two weeks ago after her father forced her to stand outside alone as a "punishment" for not drinking her milk. The child's disappearance, the search for her, and the strange behavior of her father has had the country suspended in shock and desperate for answers. Now, sadly, local law enforcement say they've discovered the body of a child during their search for the little girl.


Around 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 22, authorities in Richardson, Texas, discovered the body they believe to be that of missing 3-year-old Sherin Mathews. Local police discovered the body in a culvert beneath the road. Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich did not specify how far the culvert is from the Mathews family home.

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As of this morning, a medical examiner had yet to see the body of the child, which means there has been no positive identification of the remains. Still, Sgt. Perlich said in a press conference that officials believe "it is most likely" Sherin Mathews. While both of the child's parents, Wesley and Sini Mathews, have been notified of the discovery, no one has been charged in connection with the discovery of the body. An official cause of death has also yet to be named.

CNN reports that in addition to local officials, the FBI was at the scene of the found body on Sunday. The search for Sherin drew the participation of many agencies including the US Marshals, the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

memorial for sherin mathews

The discovery of a body has also drawn attention from many in the community. A photographer with local KDFW News reported that many had gathered at the site where the body was found to create a memorial for Sherin Mathews. 

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The discovery of the child's body is certainly a devastating one. While it may help connect some of the pieces in the confusing puzzle of Sherin's disappearance and possible death, there are still so many questions left unanswered.

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