Sarbesh Gurung, missing Denton, Texas, 2 year old boy found dead inside the backseat of his neighbor’s SUV in an expected hot car death.
A missing Texas 2-year-old boy has been found dead inside a neighbor’s car a day after going missing from the family’s Denton apartment.
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, Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon said during a news conference.
Notice of the infant’s initial disappearance occurred just after 2pm, Tuesday afternoon when Sarbesh’s mother said she put the boy down for a nap only for the boy to seemingly vanish.
‘We are all heartbroken,’ Dixon reiterated. ‘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.’
The boy’s body was found in the back of a neighbor’s vehicle as the neighbor got into it shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, ABC News reported.
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 the two year old’s 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 said. ‘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.
“We don’t know if the car was unlocked, we just don’t know” Denton PD Chief Frank Dixon said after 2-year-old Sarbesh Gurung was found in his family’s SUV. https://t.co/rH2Br7ohcL pic.twitter.com/xDX04z0Cy7
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) July 3, 2019
No foul play suspected in Denton 2 year old boy’s death:
Temperatures in Denton were in the low 90s when Sarbesh’s mother called police Tuesday afternoon to say she couldn’t find her young son inside their apartment near the University of North Texas campus, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The SUV where Sarbesh was found inside had tinted windows and sunshades, including one for a child, Dixon said, making it hard to see inside.
‘Can we conclusively say that someone went and checked every door handle of every vehicle out there? Obviously we can’t say that,’ Dixon told reporters. ‘We don’t know if the car was unlocked … We just don’t know.’
Police have since said that no foul play was suspected in the boy’s disappearance.
An autopsy will be performed to reveal a manner of death, said Dixon, who vowed the investigation will remain open “until we can answer all the questions that we have.”
‘There are some questions we’ll probably never have answers for, and that’s unfortunate,’ he said.
About 40 people attended a vigil late Wednesday in Sarbesh’s memory, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
‘This is not the outcome we hoped for,’ family friend Giriraj Bhetwal said. ‘Dad and Mom are still in shock — they could not make it here.’
A neighbor of the family, meanwhile, said the boy’s mother had told her Wednesday that Sarbesh loved getting inside cars.
‘You just think, ‘Why didn’t I look there?’’ Martha Holt told the Record-Chronicle. ‘It was right there. And you know it was a white SUV just like the one they have. When I saw that this morning, I thought, ‘Oh, he might have thought that was his car.”
NOW: A small memorial is starting to take shape right next to the white SUV where 2 yr old Sarbesh Gurung’s body was found by a neighbor 15+ hours after he was reported missing by his mother. The family lives just one complex over. Cause of death under investigation @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/Szd9w4OJkU
— Alex Boyér (@AlexBoyerFox4) July 3, 2019
*** CANDLELIGHT VIGIL***
Family, friends, and members of the Nepalese community are organIzing a vigil tonight at 8:30pm for Sarbesh Gurung. The public is welcome to attend. It will be near the 2300 block of W Prairie in Denton. @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/VgkPd1bQf6
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) July 3, 2019