Richardson Girl Missing for One Week; Paternal Grandparents Speak Out

Sherin Mathews, 3, was reported missing from her family’s home Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

Today marks seven days since Sherin Mathews was reportedly last seen by her father.

The three-year-old’s disappearance has made headlines around the world.

Video posted on the Facebook page belonging to ‘Locate the Missing’ purportedly shows a little girl identified in the video as Sherin Mathews. She’s seen in an arm sling, but smiling and posing for a picture. The three-year-old special needs girl was reportedly last seen by her father seven days ago.

Wesley Mathews told police that he made his adopted daughter stand by a tree, located one hundred feet from their house, at 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk.

Mathews said he came back outside about 15 minutes later and she was gone.

He went searching for her then returned home hoping she would come back on her own, according to Richardson police.

Mathews then thought daylight would help in her search.

Police say he told detectives he did a load of laundry before calling 911 to report the girl missing at 8:12 a.m.

Police arrested Mathews on Saturday, October 7 and charged the 37-year-old with child neglect.

Mathews posted a $250,000 bond last Sunday and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor and to surrender his passport.

In the days since the girl’s disappearance, the FBI searched the family’s home and yard located in the 900 block of Sunningdale. The FBI removed items from the home, but police would not elaborate as to what the items were, only saying some would require analysis.

Police had already seized phones, computers and the family’s three vehicles.

On Thursday, police returned the car belonging to the girl’s mother, who has not been charged in this case.

Ordinary citizens have descended upon the Richland Meadows Neighborhood to search areas behind the family’s home where police and K9s have already searched.

The little girl’s face and the circumstances behind her disappearance have received attention across the U.S. and India, where Sherin was born.

“People all over India is very anxious what’s going on in Texas,” said Cherian Pavoo, a member of the Indian Press Club of America.

Meanwhile Indian digital newspaper, The News Minute, spoke with Wesley Mathew’s parents who live in Southern India.

They were asked about Sherin.

“We love her. My son did too. If they didn’t love her, why would they adopt her,” they asked.

The Mathews adopted Sherin from an Indian orphanage one year ago and told police they had been trying to put weight on the malnourished girl.

On Wednesday, the attorney representing the girl’s mother said Sherin had an eating disorder that the Mathews were trying to fix.

Saturday marks one week since 3-year-old Sherin Mathews disappeared in Richardson.

Her father, Wesley Mathews, says he sent her to stand by a tree early Saturday morning and hasn’t seen her since.

As investigators search frantically to find Sherin, a community came together to pray.

Dozens of people from different faiths and walks of life attended a prayer service by the tree where Sherin reportedly disappeared.

Dozens Attend Community Prayer for Missing 3-Year-Old Girl
Dozens attended a community prayer Friday for a 3-year-old Richardson girl who’s been missing since Saturday.

(Published Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017)

"It’s heartbreaking. This is a 3-year-old little girl. We don’t know where she is, where she could be," said Gauthami Vemula, a child welfare consultant and aunt to a one- and four-year -old.

Candles, stuffed animals and handwritten notes now mark the spot where Sherin’s father says he last saw her.

It is steps away from the Mathews home. Her parents have yet to make a public plea for help finding Sherin.

It’s the reason so many felt compelled to attend Friday’s prayer, to give a voice to the voiceless and to stand shoulder-to-shoulder for Sharin.

Investigators are focusing on a 15-mile radius surrounding the family home as they search for Sherin. It is located in the 900 block of Sunningdale Drive.

Police are urging anyone with surveillance cameras to check for video of the family’s 2013 maroon Acura MDX.

Richardson police hope someone has surveillance video that can lead to a break in the case of missing girl Sherin Mathews. Investigators want to talk to anyone who may spot the family’s Acura MDX on home video.

Police received some video already and said in a Facebook post Friday they are "diligently working our way through all of the material."

One recording came from a neighbor who says the FBI has been to his home five times to review video his camera captured the night Sherin disappeared.

"I don’t know the details of what’s on my camera as far as what they’re looking for, but I hope there’s something on there that can definitely help them out," said Obaid Jabbar.

Jabbar said he’s been asked to not reveal specifics about what is on the tapes.

Police are hoping more people will come forward with video.

Meanwhile, Sherin’s father, Wesley Mathews, is still out on bond, but wearing an ankle monitor.

Richardson police say a vehicle was missing from the Mathews family’s home at around the time 3-year-old Sherin Mathews disappeared Saturday morning.

Richardson police say the parents stopped cooperating with their investigation.

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