Police have confiscated a long list of items from the house where a toddler went missing earlier this month in Sunningdale, Texas, but answers as to the child’s whereabouts remain elusive.
Detectives in Richardson, Texas, have filed at least 30 search warrants in the case of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, who disappeared from her home on Oct. 7, ABC affiliate WFAA reports.
Her adopted father, Wesley Mathews, told police that she disappeared after he put her outside at 3:00 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk. He said he came out 15 minutes later but couldn’t find her.
Police said Mathews reported her missing five hours later, and has not cooperated with their investigation.
Wesley Mathews was arrested and charged with felony child endangerment, but released after surrendering his passport and being fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet as a condition for making bond.
The mother, Sini, was asleep at the time of the incident, police say, and has not been arrested or charged.
A judge approved search warrants for three more items on Wednesday, Oct 18, bringing the total number of confiscated items to 47, WFAA reports.
The FBI has been called in to help with the case, and has seized a variety of electronics, including five cell phones, three laptops, a tablet, and a digital camera from the family’s home.
At the center of the investigation is the disappearance of the family’s 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV, which investigators say was not at the home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. the day Sherin went missing.
Detectives collected a floor mat, DNA swabs, and a USB drive from the vehicle, and took DNA swabs from two other vehicles the family owns. They are asking the public to come forward with any video surveillance taken during the time the SUV left the home within a 30-minute radius of the house.
Investigators have used drones, cadaver dogs, helicopters, and foot searches throughout Dallas County to locate the missing toddler.
“You will probably continue to see us do some very specific searches as our investigation moves forward,” Sgt. Kevin Perlich told CBS affiliate KRLD. “As we get additional information, we will be searching those areas that we think may hold some type of tip, lead or evidentiary value in this particular case. … We’re always hopeful that we can find her alive, but time is our enemy.”
Richardson Police is asking anyone with information about the case to contact them at 972-744-4800.