Denton police chief speaks on ‘tragic outcome’ of search for 2-year-old
A 2-year-old Denton boy who went missing in early July and was found dead in a hot car died from the heat, according to a final ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office said Sarbesh Gurung died from hyperthermia and his death was an accident, according to the ruling released by officials just a few days ago.
Sarbesh’s body was found in a car on July 3, a day after he was reported missing from his Denton family.
In the United States, 35 children have died this year in hot cars, according to KidsAndCars.org. Texas has had five children die in hot vehicles.
The Denton boy was found dead inside of a neighbor’s vehicle shortly after 6 a.m. on July 3, Denton police said.
Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon said during a news conference the car was located “in pretty close proximity” to the apartment where Sarbesh lived. A neighbor found him when they tried to get inside the car, he said. Sun shades had been pulled down inside the vehicle and the windows were tinted, making it nearly impossible to see inside, he said.
The search began on the afternoon of July 2 for Sarbesh, whose mother told authorities that the toddler disappeared from the family’s Denton apartment. Police said the mother called 911 within four minutes of realizing her son was missing.
Sarbesh was last seen slightly before 2 p.m. on July 2 at his home in the 2400 block of West Prairie Street in Denton. A search party of more than 200 people — including police officers, firefighters and community members — searched “three grids” surrounding the apartment complex, Dixon said. Police dogs also assisted in the search.
The large-scale searching was halted at 11 p.m. on July 2, Dixon said, but smaller searches continued through the night.
The father of the child was a student at University of North Texas, according to his UNT classmate Hitesh Adhikari, who said they’re both from Nepal. He and other classmates joined the search on the afternoon of July 2 and into the night, checking apartments, bushes, trees and other areas of the surrounding neighborhood.
“We feel very heartbroken ... hearing the news today,” Adhikari told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on July 3.