A 7-year-old Texas boy was found dead in a washing machine on Thursday morning — hours after he had been reported missing, police said.

Little Troy Khoeler was found inside a top load washing machine in the garage of his family’s home in Spring, Texas outside of Houston around 7:20 a.m., according to police.

His adoptive parents had called 911 to report him missing two hours earlier, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robert Minchew told reporters.

It’s not clear whether there was any water in the machine at the time or if the lid had been closed.

Troy’s exact cause of death will be determined by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, Minchew said. 

Officials could not comment on whether foul play was suspected or if he had climbed into the machine himself but said he was clothed when he was found.

7-year-old Troy Khoeler was found dead a washing machine at his family's home Thursday.
Troy Khoeler, 7, was found dead inside a top load washing machine in the garage of his family’s home in Spring, Texas Thursday morning.
Harris County Precinct 4

“We don’t know what happened, but we intend to find out,” 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 later said.

Police received a call that he was missing at 5:20 a.m. but Troy could have been missing as early as 4 a.m.

Cops were interviewing the parents for a missing persons’ report and decided to search the house after realizing there were no signs of a door or window being left open.

7-year old Texas boy Troy Khoeler was found dead in a washing machine on Thursday morning.
Troy Khoeler’s official cause of death will be determined after an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s office.
Harris County Precinct 4

Troy lived alone in the house with his parents, who adopted him in 2019. He had previously lived in the home as a foster child.

Minchew said there is “not a lot of history” of calls from the house that cops investigators could find.





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