Sherin Mathews, 3, was last seen at around 3 a.m. Oct. 7 when, according to an arrest affidavit, her father, Wesley Mathews, 37, forced her to stand next to a tree in an alley behind the house as punishment for not drinking her milk.
When he went outside about 15 minutes later, the girl was gone, the affidavit said.
On Tuesday, officers fanned out in wooded areas, along creeks and in fields including one near Richland College, assisted by police K-9s and a law enforcement drone task force.
The field near the college is less than 2 miles from the girl’s home.
Cadaver dogs were also seen at the scene.
“Detectives will evaluate the results of today’s efforts while the investigation continues,” Richardson police said in a Facebook post.
The girl’s father waited about five hours before he reported the toddler missing, authorities say.
Mathews said he decided to wait until dawn to search further and passed the time by doing laundry.
He didn’t report that the girl was missing until around 8 a.m. on Oct. 7.
But police have determined that Mathews’ 2013 Acura MDX SUV was gone from the family’s home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Oct. 7.
“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, police said.
Richardson investigators and members of the FBI’s Evidence Recovery Team conducted an extensive search of the family’s home that started Tuesday and continued into the early morning hours Wednesday.
They didn’t say what, if anything, the search produced, calling the effort “a part of the natural progression of the investigation.
Matthews has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
He’s free on $250,000 bond.
As a condition of his release, he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor.
The girl is Asian or Pacific with black hair and brown eyes.
She is 3-feet tall and weighs 22 pounds.
She was last seen wearing a pink top and black pajama bottoms.”She suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills,” police said in a Facebook post.