SPRING, Texas – A 7-year-old boy who was reported missing for several hours Thursday was found dead inside of a washing machine at home in Spring, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman says.
Precinct 4 constable deputies responded to a missing persons call in the 4400 block of Rosegate Drive in the Birnamwood subdivision around 5:20 a.m.
When constable deputies arrived at the scene, the parents of Troy Khoeler reportedly told them the 7-year-old had been missing since 4 a.m.
When authorities conducted a search, they found the boy inside of a top-load washing machine located inside the garage around 7:20 a.m., Precinct 4 said. After the boy’s body was discovered, Precinct 4 said they called deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation.
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Lt. Robert Minchew with the HCSO Homicide Unit said the parents of the 7-year-old were detained and taken into custody for questioning. Constable deputies said there were “possible signs” that led them to search the home.
Minchew said Troy has no other siblings and authorities aren’t sure how his parents discovered he was missing before calling 911. Investigators declined to comment on if there were signs of foul play, if they believe the boy got inside the machine himself, if there was water in the machine, or if the lid was closed.
Authorities are waiting for a medical examiner to determine the possible cause of death.
According to Minchew, Troy was a foster child and was adopted in 2019. Officials confirmed with KPRC 2 that CPS does have history with the family.
On Wednesday night, Spring Independent School District released the following statement:
“Spring ISD is deeply saddened about the tragic passing of our student, Troy Khoeler. The Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office and Harris County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the case. His death represents a great loss for our district, and we are providing ongoing counseling and grief services for students and staff members impacted by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
“We ask for everyone’s prayers for the family,” Herman said as he announced the update in a tweet.
UPDATE : MISSING 7 YEAR OLD— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) July 28, 2022
We are sad to report the missing 7 year old we posted on earlier in the 4400 block of Rosegate has been found deceased.
A criminal investigation is underway please avoid the area. We ask for everyone’s prayers for the family. pic.twitter.com/Am4uMr10SX