Harris County Lt. Robert Minchew said in a press conference. Khoeler's parents reportedly called police just after 5 a.m. to report their son was missing, and there was a chance he could have been gone since 4 a.m. Minchew said constables went to the house to take information for a missing persons report, then searched the home, where they found the little boy inside the appliance in the garage.
The constables called in the Harris County homicide detectives, who then took over the case.
According to Minchew, Khoeler was a foster child who was adopted in 2019. His parents were detained and spoken to separately, which Minchew said was "standard procedure."
Minchew said at the press conference, "Whether he was killed by the washing machine or killed and placed in it, we're just so far from that."
He said later, "We don't know what happened, but we intend to find out."