Just in: Body of missing 3-year-old Texas girl believed to be found

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The case of a missing 3-year-old has been solved in the saddest of ways, with authorities in Richmond, Texas saying on Sunday they believe they have finally found the body of Sherin Mathews after she disappeared on Oct. 7.

The Richardson Police Department said investigators discovered a body around 11 a.m. Sunday in a culvert beneath a road and believe it to be Mathews; however, police won’t identify the body until there is a positive identification by proper officials.

Mathews, who has a developmental disability, vanished two weeks ago after her father, Wesley Mathews, left her outside at 3 a.m. in an alleyway — allegedly frequented by coyotes — because she didn’t drink her milk.

Wesley, 37, said when he checked on her 15 minutes later, she was gone. He didn’t call police until five hours had passed.

Wesley also possibly engaged in other suspicious activity on the morning Sherin went missing, as someone had driven the family’s SUV away from their home in Richardson and didn’t return until an hour later.

According to an attorney not involved with the case, secondary searches of the family’s home led to the police confiscating a number of items, including a vacuum cleaner, trash bags, hair fibers, cell phones and laptops. Attorney Bree West said that of the items taken, a blue string, dark hair-like fibers, vacuum contents, two yellow gloves, dish scrubber inside two grocery bags and the washer and dryer stood out to her as a possible indication of the charges the police plan to press against Wesley.
Wesley was charged with child endangerment but was reportedly released from jail on bond.

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