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 w