A missing Texas 2-year-old has been found dead inside a neighbor’s car near his family’s apartment, a day after he disappeared, police said.
Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon said the body of Sarbesh Gurung was discovered inside a neighbor’s SUV early Wednesday in “pretty close proximity” to the boy’s home after an extensive search involving more than 200 people, ABC News reports.
“We are all heartbroken,” Dixon told reporters during a news conference. “The family is just devastated. The mother is being treated right now for some undetermined medical condition. She had a panic attack when she was notified.”
It’s unclear how the boy managed to get inside the SUV, where he was found by a child whose family was about to head off on a vacation. No obvious signs of trauma were found on his body, which was taken to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, Dixon said.
“It’s not a time to point fingers, it’s not a time to assign blame,” the chief told reporters. “It’s a time for us collectively to come together, grieve together and heal together.”
The boy’s death was “probably a tragic accident” that occurred after several contributing factors, including the possibility that he overheated inside the SUV, Dixon said.
“It was just a number of factors that culminated in the ultimate tragedy,” the police chief told reporters.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller