A seven-year-old boy's body was found in a washing machine just hours after going missing from the family home.
Troy Koehler went missing from his home in Spring, Texas and his adoptive parents called the police at 5.20am. It was a mere two hours later when his body was discovered.
Law enforcement officers from the homicide unit interviewed the parents and Troy was found fully dressed in a top-load washing machine.
Police have not yet released a cause of death and said it is so far unclear how the boy died.
"We don't know what happened, but we intend to find out," Harris County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Robert Minchew 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 added: "It is obviously a tragic situation for the family and anyone involved and it's more conducive to get them away from the house."
It is believed Troy's father was at home during the hours he was reported missing, while his mother was working at a nearby hospital.
The body of young Troy was found when police, arriving at the home to interview the parents about his disappearance, noticed no doors or windows had been left open and began to search the home as part of "standard procedure".
Reports indicate Troy was fostered and then adopted by the family in 2019 and there were no other children in the house. There are no reports suggesting he was placed in an abusive home.
Asked how the parents discovered Troy was missing, Minchew said: "Not sure, either she came home from work or someone in the house woke up."
Troy's school expressed their grief over his death and said they were "deeply saddened."
They said: "Spring ISD is deeply saddened about the tragic passing of our student, Troy Koehler. 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 counselling and grief services for students and staff members impacted by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."