Richardson missing 3-year-old: FBI investigates car footage of Kerala father who sent adopted daughter out of home at 3

First Published 13, Oct 2017, 2:19 PM IST
Richardson missing 3yearold FBI investigates car footage of Kerala father who sent adopted daughter out of home at 3 am
  • It is now Day 5 since 3-year-old Sherin Mathews went missing from her house in Sunningdale
  • Wesley Mathews, her dad, the last to see her, is being suspected of her disappearance
  • Sherin, was the Mathewes adopted daughter
  • Sini, Sherin’s mother has opted for a separate lawyer

The Richardson Police department who is on the lookout for the three-year-old Sherin Mathews has given a new update.

As part of the investigation the police have noticed that the Mathews' 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV was absent from their residence on Sunningdale, between the hours of 4am to 5am on Saturday October 7th. The morning when Sherin went missing after her father Wesley Mathews, a Keralite, asked her to stand in the backyard at 3 am for not drinking milk. Wesley reported her disappearance only 5 hours later claiming that he thought she’d be back and it would be better to search for her in the daylight.

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The police are now asking for residents and business owners within an area where this vehicle could have travelled within that hour to review and preserve any video possibly containing this vehicle.

The FBI had previously finished a thorough search of the apartment in Springdale.

Sherin had been adopted by the Mathewses from India last year. A report in the Deccan Chronicle cites how there have been articles linking the Wesley and Sini Mathews connection to Kochi, Ernakulam. But there has been no promising proof of the same.

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An attorney, who identified himself as Gregg Gibbs, also visited the couple's home ahead of the search, according to reports, but he refused to comment on whom he was representing. It is understood that Wesley and his wife will have separate lawyers.

Attorney Kent Starr met with Sini Mathews at her residence in Richardson for about two hours on Wednesday and her will now be representing her in the case.

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OCTOBER 7: Sherin Mathews, age 3, goes missing from  the backyard of her family home in  Texas. Wesley Mathews, her dad,  had asked Sherin to stand under a large tree in their backyard at 3 am. 15 minutes later when he went to get his daughter, she was missing.

Sherin is reported to be malnourished, had developmental issues and had limited communication skills. Her behavioural skills are not that of a typical three-year-old. She is about 3 feet tall and 22 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink top, black pyjama bottoms and pink flip-flops.

Wesley reported the disappearance of his daughter Sherin only at 8 am to The Richardson police department.

OCTOBER 8: Wesley Mathews was arrested a day later, on Sunday, for endangering and abandoning a child and by risking her safety. He was allowed to post a bail bond of $250,000. Wesley had to surrender his passport and was fitted with an ankle monitor as terms of his bond.

The couple Wesley and Sini Mathew had a four-year-old biological daughter as well, who has since then been sent to Child Protective Care.

OCTOBER 9: Richardson Police department had issued an amber alert and since they had not received any leads the alert was called off on Monday.

OCTOBER 10: The Richardson police say that they performed thorough searches involving the use of Reverse 911, trained search experts utilising K-9 teams, helicopters and door to door canvassing as well.

OCTOBER 11: Wednesday, FBI conducts thorough search of Sherin’s home. The family's cars were also towed away to look for clues, policemen were stationed near the house. The Mathews opt for separate lawyers.

OCTOBER 12: It's been five days since three-year-old Sherin Mathews went missing. The family's vehicle is now the centre of the investigation into her disappearance. According to police, the maroon Acura may help explain where the car went to between 4 a.m. to 5 a.m on that day.