UPDATED | October 22, 2017, 3:17PM

RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – Police have found the body of a small child in Richardson. Police have not confirmed the identity of the child, however, they believe it most likely belongs to missing three-year-old Sherin Mathews.

In a press conference, Richardson police say the body was found during search efforts for the missing girl.

(credit: Richardson Police Department)

The body was found near Spring Valley Road and Bowser Road in a culvert at around 11 a.m. Sunday morning. The culvert is about 100 feet long and is less than a mile from Sherin’s home.

Sherin has been missing since October 7 after, according to her father, she was sent outside at around 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk.

Police and an outpouring community have been searching for the missing girl since that Saturday.

Through the investigation, her father, Wesley, was arrested for child endangerment, but has since bonded out. Police also seized various items in the family’s home and vehicles during the investigation.

Sherin’s parents are also expected in court Monday to regain custody of their four-year-old daughter who was removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Police are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner on the identity of the body that was found.

People also gathered at a memorial that was set up for Sherin at the site of where, according to her father, she was last seen. A prayer vigil was held Sunday evening to honor and remember Sherin.

Sherin Mathews memorial (Chopper 11)