Adopted Texas boy, 7, found dead inside WASHING MACHINE at his parents’ home ever he vanished

Adopted Texas boy, 7, is found dead inside WASHING MACHINE at his parents’ Texas home two hours after he vanished: Cops probe whether he died by accident or of foul play

  • Troy Khoeler’s body was found inside a top-loading washing machine in the garage of his family’s Spring, Texas, home after his adoptive parents called 911
  • It is unclear if there was water in the machine or whether the lid was closed when Troy was found. His cause of death has still not been released
  • Troy was fostered and then adopted by his parents in 2019, police said 
  • Police have not commented on whether foul play is determined, but a criminal investigation is underway and homicide detectives interviewed the parents 

A seven-year-old boy was found dead inside a washing machine at his parents’ Texas home on Thursday morning, two hours after he had been reported missing to police.

Troy Khoeler’s body was found inside a top-loading washing machine in the garage of his family’s Spring, Texas, home at 7:20am, after his adoptive parents called 911 to report him missing at about 5:20am.

It is unclear if there was water in the machine or whether the lid was closed when Troy was found. He was fully clothed. His cause of death has still not been released.

Police have not commented on whether foul play is determined, but a criminal investigation is underway and homicide detectives interviewed the parents after Troy’s body was found.

They are being interviewed separately, as is standard procedure during possible criminal probes.  

Troy was fostered and then adopted by his parents in 2019, police said. They said there were no prior records indicating that the home was an abusive one. 

Troy Khoeler's body was found inside a top-loading washing machine in the garage of his family's Spring, Texas, home at 7:20am, after his adoptive parents called 911 to report him missing at about 5:20am

Troy was fostered and then adopted by his parents in 2019, police said

Troy Khoeler’s body was found inside a top-loading washing machine in the garage of his family’s Spring, Texas, home at 7:20am, after his adoptive parents called 911 to report him missing at about 5:20am

Harris County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Robert Minchew told reporters that they had not yet determined whether foul play was involved in Troy's death

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Robert Minchew told reporters that they had not yet determined whether foul play was involved in Troy’s death

Speaking outside the Khoeler’s home, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Robert Minchew told reporters that Troy could have been missing as early as 4am.

‘We don’t know what happened, but we intend to find out,’ he said.

‘Whether he was killed by the washing machine or killed and placed in it, we’re just so far from that, I can’t comment.’

He said police had been interviewing the parents to fill out a missing persons report when they realized there was no signs of doors or windows having been left open.

They then searched the home and discovered Troy’s body. 

Minchew clarified that Troy was found fully clothed inside the washing machine, and it was unclear if he had climbed in or been put in it.

Officials said Troy’s father was at home during the hours when he was missing, and that they believe his mother was out and working at a nearby hospital.

Troy lived alone with his parents and they had no other children. 

Minchew said the parents were separated when they were taken to the station to be interviewed, but noted that was merely a matter of protocol. 

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