ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — In Montgomery County, the search continues a second week for two toddlers last seen with their mother before her arrest. Catherine Hoggle lied to her common law husband and father of her two children about where she took their children nearly two weeks ago.
Marcus Washington reports dozens came out in hopes of finding little Sarah and Jacob.
Volunteers came out in large groups for the second week in hopes of finding two missing toddlers.
“It just tears us up to see that these kids are out there and haven’t been around their dad or anything like that,” said volunteer Allan Smith.
Three-year-old Sarah Hoggle and her two-year-old brother, Jacob, were last seen with their mother, Catherine Hoggle, on September 7.
Catherine, who has been diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia, was arrested last week. She refuses to tell police where the children are, but insists they are safe.
Volunteers were sent out in groups searching specific locations in Gaithersburg, Rockville, Darnestown, Germantown, Montgomery Village and Poolesville.
This Saturday brought out more volunteers than the children’s father and maternal grandfather could imagine.
“People don’t know me. It’s a testament to the community’s character when they come out like this,” the children’s father, Troy Turner, said. “They know two kids need them and they’re just coming out.”
“It’s just heartwarming because people care this much. It proves what’s great about America,” said Randy Hoggle, the children’s grandfather. “These people don’t know any of us, but they’re here to help. And this is how we’ll find them.”
A trained tracker dog sniffed both Sarah and Jacob’s car seats to pick up the children’s scent. Police were hoping it would lead to clues in finding the toddles. Unforunately, like all search groups Saturday, they found nothing.
“It could be my kid, your kid. You know? And that’s what we need to wake up in this whole world. We need to realize that every time something happens to a child, it affects us all,” volunteer Allen Edwards said.
Catherine Hoggle was missing for four days before she was found and arrested after being seen in Germantown. She faces charges of child neglect and obstruction.
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