Two Children Missing, Mother last Seen in Germantown
By Kevin O'Rourke
Montgomery County Police are looking for a Clarksburg woman and her children. The woman was last seen at the Chik-Fil-A restaurant in Germantown on Monday. Police are also investigating the whereabouts of two of the woman’s children. The children were not with her at the time of her disappearance.
Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division and the 5thDistrict Investigative Unit are currently investigating the whereabouts of Catherine Hoggle, 27, of the 12200 block of Elm Forest Court in Clarksburg, and her two children, Jacob Hoggle, 2, and Sarah Hoggle, 3. Catherine Hoggle is diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia.
Last night (September 8) at approximately 8:00 pm, Troy Turner contacted police regarding his missing common-law wife, Catherine Hoggle, and two of their three children, Jacob and Sarah Hoggle. The family, which includes Catherine, Troy, and their three children: Clint, Jacob, and Sarah, live with Catherine’s father at the Clarksburg home.
Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief and Head of Detectives Russell Hamill addressed the media at 11:00 am this morning. “We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jacob and Sarah. We remain hopeful that they are safe and unharmed. We are hoping that they are in the care of someone who isn’t even aware that they children are missing at this time. We are also seeking the public’s assistance in locating their mother, Catherine. We are hoping that she can lead us to the whereabouts of little Jacob and little Sarah.”
“Detectives from all four of our major detective divisions are working this case jointly right now,” said Hamill. “Patrol officers have been out all night helping us locate them. We are now asking the public’s assistance to do the same. We need the eyes and ears of the community to help us bring these two little children home safely.”
The third child, five year-old Clint Hoggle is safe and unharmed, according to Hamill.
“We have an 18 hour span between one child going missing and the other going missing. We really need the public’s help on this case,” said Hamill. “This is a highly unusual case. We have an 18 hour period between the times when two children go missing from the same family. Both were last seen in the apparent custody of the same individual. The family has expressed to us that there are some mental health concerns regarding the mother,” said Hamill. “I am deeply, deeply concerned here.”
Hamill could not elaborate on the details of the mental illness of Catherine Hoggle and said that the MCPD was aware of any criminal history or violent history regarding the mother.
When asked if he thought that the children may no longer be alive, Hamill said, “My experience being a police office for as long as I have, and being chief of detectives for a period of time, I have very real concern. My home is that they are fine, but I have to look at all avenues in my position as to where this could possibility go and track down all possible leads and hopefully bring them home safely.”
The children’s father Troy Turner explained to police that on Sunday, Sept. 7 at approximately 1:00 pm., while he was at work, Catherine Hoggle’s father drove her, Jacob and Sarah to Catherine Hoggle’s mother’s home in Gaithersburg. Catherine borrowed her father’s car, a gray 2012 Nissan Rogue SUV, and told her parents that she was going to bring Jacob to get some pizza. Catherine returned to her mother’s home after approximately three hours but did not have Jacob or pizza with her.
Catherine told her parents that Jacob was at a known playmate’s home. Catherine then returned to her home with Sarah. Investigation by police detectives on the evening of Sept.8 determined that Jacob had never been at his friend’s home during that time.
On Monday, Sept. 8 at approximately 5:50 am, Catherine left their Clarksburg home with Sarah and told Troy that she was dropping of the child at a daycare center. Catherine returned home at approximately 8:30 am. and said that she had dropped off both children (Sarah and Jacob) at an unknown daycare. Police have since learned that the children had never been enrolled in daycare.
Troy, who works nights, did not have knowledge that Jacob had not returned home from his grandmother’s home the previous night. That morning, Troy brought their other son, Clint, to the school bus stop.
Later Monday morning at approximately 11:00 am, Troy dropped Catherine off at a daily medical appointment and picked her up again at approximately 2:00 pm. At this point Troy expressed to her that he wanted to pick up Sarah and Jacob. Catherine was not forthcoming with information about the children’s whereabouts so Troy decided that they would go to the 5th District police station to ask for assistance.
Before going to the police station, Troy and Catherine stopped at a restaurant near the Germantown Transit Center, located at 19945 Aircraft Drive. Unbeknownst to Troy, Catherine left the restaurant and he then contacted police. A K9 bloodhound track indicated that Catherine had exited the restaurant and walked to the Germantown Transit Center.
Catherine Hoggle is described as a white female, five feet, six inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder length black hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black tank top. Daughter Sarah is described as a biracial female, three feet, six inches tall, 40 pounds, with brown eyes and medium length brown hair. Jacob Hoggle is described as a biracial male, three feet tall, weighs 25 pounds, with brown eyes and a curly, blond afro.
Investigators believe that it is possible that a friend or someone known to Catherine may be watching the children and not realize that family members and police do not know the children’s whereabouts.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Catherine and/or her children is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.