Sherin Mathews, 3, vanished twelve days ago after her father says he made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk. A list of items seized by the FBI as part of the investigation into Sherin’s case has been released and includes a Costco receipt, gloves, and wooden spoons.
Not only were items seized from the Mathews’ home, but also from the family’s vehicles, including a maroon 2013 Acura MDX. Richardson Police announced that the SUV was not at the residence on Saturday, October 7, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., an hour after Sherin was said to have vanished.
Those items taken from the Mathews’ home, according to the Dallas Morning News, include the following.
- Exam Gloves
- Dish scrubber and gloves
- Hair-like fibers
- Blue string
- Shopping bag
- Roll of fabric
- Piece of red plastic
- Wall-hanging of wooden fork and spoon
- Wooden spoons
- iPhone and case
- Digital camera and adapter
- Contents of vacuum
- Web router
- Fitted sheet
- 5 pairs of shoes
- 2 pairs of boots
- Pink t-shirt
- Changing table cover
- Washer and dryer
- Bank documents
- Adoption papers
- Financial documents
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificate
- Medical bills
- Tax records
According to the Dallas Morning News, items taken from the family’s Acura include the following.
- Floor mat
- USB drive
- Interior sunroof cover
- Air filter
- Radio module
- Display monitor
From the Mathews’ Lexus, the FBI seized the following.
- Costco receipt dated October 5, 2017
- Driver’s side floor mat
In addition, multiple DNA swabs were taken from the home, the Acura, the Lexus, and the family’s Toyota Sienna van, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Mathews, 37, was arrested by Richardson Police just hours after reporting Sherin missing and was charged with endangering a child. He has since been released from jail, posting a $250,000 bond. As part of that release, Mathews was required to wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport.
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 have been seen roaming the alleyway near where he Sherin was standing.
Police say the couple waited almost five hours after her father alleges Sherin vanished to report her missing.
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]