Sherin Mathews, 3, went missing eleven days ago after her father said he made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk. It has now been revealed that during the course of the investigation into her disappearance, the FBI has served at least 30 search warrants and seized dozens of items from the little girl’s Richardson, Texas home.
The search warrants showed that FBI agents had taken electronic items from the Mathews’ residence, including five cell phones, three laptop computers, one tablet, and a digital camera, according to WFAA.
Altogether, the search warrants obtained by WFAA show that the FBI had taken 47 items from Sherin’s home, including things like a pink t-shirt and a pink blanket, along with a number of trash bags.
The Mathews’ vehicles were searched as well, and one search warrant describes how authorities took a floor mat, DNA swabs, and a USB drive from a 2013 Acura MDX, WFAA reports.
Richardson Police recently announced that the Acura SUV was not at the residence just an hour after Sherin disappeared and have asked local residents and business owners to review any surveillance video they may have from Saturday, October 7, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. for images of the vehicle.
The two other vehicles owned by the family were both swabbed, but police say the focus of the investigation is on the Acura, according to WFAA.
Mathews, 37, was arrested by Richardson Police not long after reporting Sherin 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. He also told police that coyotes had been seen roaming the alleyway near where Sherin was standing.
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.
Reports indicate the Mathews adopted Sherin in the summer of 2016 from an orphanage in India.
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 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 3-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.
[Featured Image by The Richardson Police Department]