Indian girl missing in US: Texas police use drones to find her

It has been 11 days since the 3-year-old mysteriously disappeared in Richardson after her foster father left her in an alley for not drinking milk

By: PTI | Houston | Published: October 18, 2017 4:21 pm
Before her adoption on June 23, 2016, Sherin Mathews was known as Saraswati.  (Source: Facebook/ Richardson Police Department)

Police in Richardson, Texas, are using drones to find a 3-year-old Indian girl, Sherin Mathews, who mysteriously disappeared 11 days ago after her foster father left her in an alley for not drinking milk.

Sherin – Saraswati’s name after her adoption on June 23, 2016 from Bihar’s Nalanda – vanished on October 7 after her foster father Wesley Mathews told police he left her outside their home at 3am as a punishment for not drinking her milk. Furthermore, the family’s SUV had disappeared for an hour on the morning of her disappearance.

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Wesley has since been arrested, and bonded out, on a charge of child endangerment and ordered to wear an ankle monitor during the investigation. Police said Sherin’s parents remained “uncooperative” throughout the interrogation. Child Protective Services has taken custody of the Mathews’ other biological daughter, aged 4.

“We’re always hopeful that we can find her alive, but time is our enemy. So, we’re trying to progress as quickly as we possibly can in this case,” Sergent Kevin Perlich said. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Officer and Mansfield Police have also lent their help in the search for Sherin. The police have concentrated their efforts in a field near Richland College, which is about 3km from Sherin’s home. Cadaver dogs were later seen arriving at the scene to help with the search.

Police said they had conducted multiple searches in nearby fields, creeks and wooded areas. Earlier, authorities said they had found “objects of interest”, but did not specify how they were related to the case. “Detectives will evaluate the results of today’s efforts while the investigation continues,” Richardson police said. They added they would continue to perform “specific searches” like this as intelligence inputs came in.

Meanwhile, a priest has placed a sign outside the Mathews’ family home, calling on Sherin’s parents to “tell the truth”. “We are never going to stop until we find Sherin,” said Thomas Ambalevelil.

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