Questions surround SUV trip after 3-year-old Texas girl vanished

Police in Richardson, Texas, are still holding out hope for a three-year-old girl who disappeared last week after her father left her in an alley in the middle of the night.

Sherin Mathews, 3, went missing early Oct. 7 after her adoptive father, Wesley, allegedly made her stand outside at night — in an alleyway Wesley claimed is frequented by coyotes — for not drinking her milk.

After the girl’s parents stopped cooperating with police, investigators said they’ve found a new lead: someone left the Richardson home in the family’s SUV the morning of her disappearance, KTRK reported.

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Investigators are looking for possible surveillance footage of the SUV leaving the scene, as they try to determine who was driving it.

In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 photo provided by the Richardson Texas Police Department, Wesley Mathews is shown. Mathews was arrested Saturday on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child. Authorities were searching Monday for the 3-year-old suburban Dallas girl after she went missing over the weekend when her Mathews allegedly made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk. (Richardson Texas Police Department via AP)

Wesley Mathews was charged with child endangerment after leaving his 3-year-old daughter in a coyote-infested alleyway at 3 a.m.  (Richardson Texas Police Department via AP)

The SUV returned back to the home about an hour later, KTRK added.

Wesley said he left Sherin outside in the alleyway at 3 a.m., and he noticed she was missing 15 minutes later. He didn’t call police until five hours later — after the SUV returned to his home.

Wesley was charged with child endangerment, and has been released from jail on bond, KTRK reported.