Dallas :Police in a Dallas suburb say they have found  the body of a small child 6 hours ago, not far from the home of 3-year-old girl Sherin Mathews who has been missing since earlier this month. Richardson police say the child’s body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for Sherin Mathews on Sunday morning.

Richardson Police said a positive identification has not been made, but they believe it is the body of Mathews. A cause of death also has not been identified.

Police are waiting for the FBI Evidence Recovery Team to respond.

Wesley has been charged with child endangerment and is now out of jail wearing an ankle monitor.

Her father, Wesley Mathews, has told authorities he ordered the child to stand next to a tree behind the fence at their home around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 as punishment for not drinking her milk and she went missing. He is charged with child endangermen

Dallas Police and FBI authorities on Sunday discovered the body of a small child while searching for a 3-year-old Indian girl who has been missing on early morning of 7th Oct.Police say the body hasn’t been positively identified but that they have no reason to believe it’s a different child. No details have been released on how the child died

Sherin Mathews of Richardson, Texas, was reported missing on October 7, according to the Richardson Police Department. She was last seen in the backyard of her family’s home early that morning by her adoptive father, Wesley Mathews.
The body was found around 11 a.m. Sunday morning in a culvert beneath a road, Sgt. Kevin Perlich, spokesman for the police department, told reporters Sunday. An arrest has not been made in connection with the discovery of the body.

Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested for suspected child endangerment for the treatment of his daughter, Sherin, after claims he sent her outside alone in an alley before she was reported missing on October 7.

Texas police confirmed that they “most likely” found the body of Sherin Mathews less than a mile from her home, according to  Washington Post

Police are still waiting for a positive identification and for an autopsy to determine what killed the child.

The location where the body was found is close to the Mathews’ home,

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.

Sherin’s father reportedly did laundry while Sherin was missing, while Sherin’s mother, Sini, said she was asleep during the ordeal.

Investigators found that on the morning Sherin went missing, someone had driven the family’s SUV away from their home in Richardson and didn’t return until an hour later. It was after the SUV returned that Wesley reported Sherin missing.

As they continued to investigate the 3-year-old’s disappearance, law enforcement had searched the Mathews’ home and took a number of items, including a vacuum cleaner, trash bags, hair fibers, cell phones and laptops.

Attorney Bree West, a former Dallas County assistant district attorney who’s not involved in the case, said that while  most of the items collected at the Mathews home  were pretty standard, some confiscated items — a blue string, dark hair-like fibers, vacuum contents, two yellow gloves, dish scrubber inside two grocery bags and the washer and dryer — had stood out to her.

Police had also taken DNA swabs, receipts, grass and other debris from three vehicles belonging to the Mathews family.

Wesley was charged with child endangerment but was reportedly released from jail on bond.

The Mathews had adopted Sherin in June 2016 after she was abandoned in her native country of India