Sherin Mathews , who went missing on October 7, was found dead in a tunnel under a road, about half a mile from her home, in Richardson on October 22.
The bosy has been released by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office, though it declined to say to whom.
The incident has become an international point of discussion and has raised several questions on the process of adoption. Sherin was adopted by an Indian-American couple, Wesley Mathews and Sini Mathews, from an orphanage in India last year.
The Indian-American community in Richardson is mourning the tragic loss and wants to handle her funeral.
An online petition had requested authorities to release her body so that it could be given a proper funeral. It had been signed by more than 5,000 people till Saturday. It said that Sherin’s body should not be released to her foster parents due to the circumstances surrounding her death.
However the body will not be sent back to India unless her parents decide they want that to happen regardless of their legal standing, said Steven Kurtz, chief death investigator at the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.