Sherin Mathews, who has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, was last seen outside her family home in Richardson city in Texas on October 7 after her Indian-American father Wesley Mathews scolded her and sent her alone outside late at night as punishment for not finishing her milk. After 15 minutes when he went out to check on her, Sherin was missing.
Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested on child abandonment and endangerment charges the same day but was released on bail.
Wesley and his attorney voluntarily arrived at the Richardson police station yesterday and shared a different account of his adoptive daughter's disappearance, Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.
The body of the young child discovered on Sunday had not yet been identified, he said, and autopsy results from the Dallas County medical examiner were pending. Sgt Perlich added that investigators don't have any reason to believe the body is not that of Sherin Mathews, but they're waiting for a confirmation and the cause of death.
The two-week search for Sherin has involved drones, cadaver dogs, an Amber Alert and teams from multiple agencies that swept fields and other areas around the girl's home.
They also asked neighbors and nearby businesses if they have the footage of the family's maroon Acura SUV between the hours that Sherin was said to have been left outside and when her disappearance was reported.
The judge said the extension would also allow time for CPS to conduct a home study in Fort Bend County, about 40 miles southwest of Houston, to determine if relatives or family friends could take her custody if necessary.