CLARKSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — Not giving up. It’s been more than two months since two children went missing from their Montgomery County home after their mother claims to have dropped them off at a daycare center.
Now that mother is in jail and still not telling investigators where the children are located.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on a large scale search effort to find them.
Search volunteers in Montgomery County are hoping they’ll find missing two-year-old Jacob Hoggle and his sister, three-year-old Sarah, alive after the children went missing in September.
“It’s easy to say a prayer. It’s just as easy to come out and walk a grid,” said Carolyn Miller, volunteer.
Sarah and Jacob were last seen alive with their mother, Catherine Hoggle, who is diagnosed with a form of paranoid schizophrenia. Hoggle has taken police on a wild goose chase to find the children, with no solid leads.
She now sits in jail on kidnapping charges.
Jacob disappeared with his mother on Sept. 7 after she says she took him to get a pizza. She told police she had dropped him off at a friend’s house.
And then, on September 8, Sarah went missing. The mother told investigators she had taken both children to a trial daycare. Neither child has been seen since.
The father of the children is not giving up, and neither is the Maryland Missing Persons Network–making yet another effort to find the children.
“We’re hoping to find out where the kids are. We want them to be brought home safely,” said Raelane Turner, aunt.
With walking sticks and laser-like focus, volunteers searched through a wooded area in Montgomery County.
The effort is a haunting feeling for family members who know the anguish of having a missing child.
“My niece went missing and she was found up by Towson. It just felt like something I needed to do,” said Bonnie Miley, volunteer.
Hundreds of flyers are circulating with pictures of Jacob and Sarah throughout Maryland. Despite missing for two months, the children’s father believes they are alive.
“My older son, he’s there. But without those two, our family’s not complete,” said Troy Turner, father.
If you have any information on the missing children, you are asked to call Montgomery County Police.
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