Seven-year-old Troy Kholer had been missing for several hours before his body was found. Deputies later found her body in a top-loading washing machine in the garage.
A boy who was reported missing by his parents in the spring was found dead inside a washing machine at their home later Thursday morning, according to reports. Harris County Sheriff’s Department.
Troy was found in a top loader in the garage of the same house where he went missing HCSO The homicide detective at the scene said.
Investigators would not comment on whether there was water inside the machine or whether the lid was closed, but they said Troy was clothed.
“We don’t know what happened, but we’re going to find out,” said HCSO Lt. Robert Mincho.
The body of this boy was found by the deputies of the 4th district by searching the house. According to Mincho, the boy’s parents were taken in for questioning, which is standard procedure.
He would not comment on whether there were any injuries or signs of foul play, saying it was too early to tell if it was an accident.
“Whether he was killed by the washing machine or killed and put in it, we’re too far away from that, I can’t comment,” Mincho said.
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The parents told investigators Troy first went missing around 4 a.m., Mincho said.
They reported it to the constable’s office at about 5:20 a.m. After questioning the parents, deputies searched the neighborhood, but found no sign of Troy. It was then that they searched the house more carefully.
Troy lived at home with both parents and no other siblings. Mincho said he was a foster child and was adopted by the couple in 2019.
He said the boy’s mother was wearing a work uniform, but he did not yet know if she had returned from work to find the boy or was getting ready for work.
A spokesperson with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services “CPS has a history with the family,” he said.
A neighbor who has lived on the street for more than 40 years said he often saw Troy playing around the neighborhood. Rudy Chopa was surprised when he learned that the child’s body had been found.
“It’s bad, I mean, I have great-grandchildren, I don’t know how they’re going to deal with it,” Choppa said. “This shouldn’t happen to anyone. Wow.
Troy attended Spring ISD. On Thursday afternoon, the municipality released the following statement:
Spring ISD is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of our student, Troy Kholer. Harris County 4 Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating this case. His death represents a great loss to our district and we are providing ongoing bereavement and counseling services for students and staff affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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