Search for Richardson girl turns to DNA swabs and floor mat from SUV

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A 2013 Acura MDX remains at the center of the search for a 3-year-old girl who went missing from her Richardson home this month.

The SUV, which belongs to Sherin Mathews’ adoptive parents, was not at their home between 4 and 5 the morning her father said she disappeared after he put her outside as punishment for not drinking her milk, police said.

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Update on Missing Child – Sherin Mathews:

We have information that the Mathews’ 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV was absent from their residence on Sunningdale, between the hours of 4am to 5am on Saturday October 7th. We are asking for residents and business owners within an area where this vehicle could have traveled within that hour to review and preserve any video possibly containing this vehicle. Please keep in mind when reviewing your video, your time stamp may be different from the actual time. The photos shown here are stock photos of a 2013 Acura MDX. #sherinmathews

Sherin Mathews

Search warrants obtained by WFAA-TV (Channel 8) show that FBI detectives seized a floor mat, USB drive and DNA swabs from the Acura.

Authorities also seized 47 items from the Mathews’ home, including five cellphones, three laptops, trash bags and a digital camera.

Richardson detectives said they’ve filed at least 30 other search warrants as part of the investigation.

What we know
Sherin went missing Oct. 7 after her father Wesley Mathews said he put her outside near the alley around 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk.Mathews told police that he went to check on Sherin 15 minutes later and she was gone, so he went inside to do laundry before looking again and eventually calling police hours later.He was arrested the same day and charged with abandoning or endangering a child. The next day he posted $25,000 bond and was released from jail.Richardson police are using cadaver dogs and drones to search a field near the Mathews’ house.

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