Missing Denton 2-year-old found dead in neighbor's SUV

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A missing 2-year-old boy from Denton has been found dead in an SUV at his apartment complex.

Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon said a neighbor who was leaving for work found Sarbesh Gurung's body in the vehicle just after 6 a.m. 

There’s no word yet on his cause of death but the chief said there were no signs of trauma. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, Dixon said.

"This is obviously not the conclusion we were hoping for. We held out hope against all odds that we were going to find Sarbesh, that we were going to be able to bring this to a successful resolution. Unfortunately, that is not what happened in this case," he said.

FOX 4 photographers captured video of an ambulance arriving at the scene early Wednesday morning. Investigators were later seen taking pictures inside a white SUV with dark tinted windows.

Chief Dixon said the vehicle belonged to the neighbor. He did not have any answers about how the 2-year-old got inside or why the vehicle wasn't searched earlier.

"Any unattended death we're going to investigate. Our major crimes unit is investigating and they're gonna keep doing it. We're gonna keep running with were the evidence takes us," he said.

Sarbesh went missing Tuesday at his apartment complex on West Prairie Street near the University of North Texas campus. His mother told police she was doing something in their apartment, turned around and he was gone.

The first responding officers did a search of the apartment, but they didn’t find anything. However, they did learn that one of the doors was opened for a short period prior to his disappearance.

Dozens of neighbors helped police search for Sarbesh Tuesday afternoon. The chief thanked those people for their support.

A family friend told FOX 4 the boy's family moved to Denton from Nepal four years ago so that his father could get his PhD from UNT.