A 7-year-old boy who was reported missing Thursday morning from Spring was found dead in a washing machine, according to an update from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.

The parents of Troy Khoeler made a missing persons report at about 5:20 a.m., according to authorities. Troy had been last seen in the 4400 block of Rosegate in the Birnamwood subdivision.

Homicide unit officers arrived to the home and interviewed the parents. That’s when authorities were led to search the home thoroughly, Lt. Robert Minchew said.

At about 7:20 a.m., officials found Troy fully clothed in the washing machine, located in the garage.

Troy is a foster child, who had possibly been adopted by the family in 2019, but officials are still working to confirm that.

The parents were detained and taken to the sheriff’s office for further interviewing.

No other children live with the family.

A criminal investigation is underway, so authorities are asking people to avoid the area.

“We ask for everyone’s prayers for the family,” Herman said in a Facebook post.

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