Police are conducting exhaustive searches in the quest to find missing Richardson, Texas, girl Sherin Mathews, 3. The little girl disappeared more than a week ago after, according to her father, he put her outside in the middle of the night for not drinking her milk. According to authorities, while scouring various locations in the Richardson area, several items of interest have been found.
CBS DFW reports police have confirmed they’ve come across “items of interest… to them” while trying to find Sherin.
Some of the search areas are being kept under wraps at the request of the Richardson Police Department. However, one area already searched was a field near Richland College, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich told CBS DFW that in the search for the missing toddler, they have “found some articles that are of interest” to authorities. He added police are “hopeful” they can find Sherin alive but noted that “time” is now the enemy.
WFAA reports that not only have search warrants been executed on the Mathews’ family home but also on their vehicles and electronic devices, such as cell phones and computers.
So far, law enforcement has utilized dogs and drones in the search for little Sherin, who was reportedly adopted by Wesley Mathews and his wife Sini in the summer of 2016.
Mathews, 37, was arrested by Richardson Police not long after reporting the girl missing and was charged with endangering a child. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Mathews told police he took Sherin outside at around 3 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, and told her to stand close to a large tree located across an alley from the family’s backyard, reports CBS 19. Mathews alleges that around 15 minutes later he went to check on Sherin and she was gone.
The affidavit also notes that Mathews told police that coyotes have been seen roaming the alleyway near where Sherin was standing.
The couple’s 4-year-old biological daughter was removed from the home by Child Protective Services. A spokesperson for the agency said CPS has had contact with the family in the past but did not offer further details, according to CBS DFW.
Richardson Police have announced that the Mathews’ 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV was not at the residence just an hour after Sherin disappeared. Authorities are asking residents and business owners that are located in the vicinity where the Acura could have traveled to review any surveillance video they have from Saturday, October 7, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. for images of the vehicle.
On October 8, Mathews posted $250,000 bond and was released from custody. As part of his release, Mathews is required to wear an electronic monitoring device and surrender his passport.
Richardson Police say Sherin suffers from developmental issues and her verbal communication skills are limited.
Sherin was last seen on October 7, 2017, wearing a pink long-sleeve top, black pajama bottoms, and pink flip-flop sandals. She is described as being an Asian female who weighs around 22 pounds and is approximately three feet in height. Sherin has black hair and brown eyes.
The Richardson Police Department is urging anyone with any information about Sherin or her whereabouts to call 972-744-4800.
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