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Nine days later, search continues for Dallas-area girl

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Richardson police continue to search for three-year-old Sherin Mathews. (Richardson PD) Richardson police continue to search for three-year-old Sherin Mathews. (Richardson PD)

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Nine days after Sherin Mathews disappeared, police in this Dallas suburb say efforts continue to determine the fate of the three-year-old girl.

"Detectives are working through the video surveillance collected, and we appreciate the cooperation by the many citizens and businesses that have provided video footage as a result of our earlier request," the department said in a Facebook post late Monday afternoon. "The process of reviewing evidence both digital and physical, as well as witness statements is a time-consuming process, and we ask for patience as we make progress."

Sherin's father, Wesley Mathews, told investigators he had placed his adopted daughter in the family's backyard at 3 a.m. on October 7 as punishment for failing to drink milk. He said she had disappeared when he went to check on her a short time later.

But police say Mathews delayed reporting the incident to police for five crucial hours. He was arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child and later released on bond.

An Amber Alert for Sherin was issued and later canceled due to the lack of "actionable leads."

The FBI searched the family's home and seized phones, computers, and three vehicles.

"The Richardson Police Department appreciates the messages of support and the efforts of our community as we all work to resolve the Sherin Mathews case," the department said on Facebook.

Anyone with information is asked to call 972-744-4800.

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