By Kevin O’Rourke
Montgomery County Police continue to ask for the public’s help in locating missing mom, Catherine Hoggle and her two young children who have been missing for more than 72 hours.
MCPD Captain Darren Francke, head of the Major Crimes Division, said that Hoggle, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic patient, probably knows police and the public are looking for her and the children.
During a press conference at Police Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Francke said that police know where Hoggle spent most of Monday night after slipping away from her boyfriend at the Chik-Fil-A in Germantown.
MCPD received a call from workers in a Germantown building near the Chik-Fil-A, saying that they found her purse in a bathroom of the building. Police would not disclose the address of the building, other than to say it was in the downtown Germantown area. Francke said that Hoggle did not break into the building but was able to stay in the building -- in secret -- from Monday night until early Tuesday morning, when she was seen on video exiting the building at 4:40 am.
As of 11:00 am on Thursday, Montgomery County Police not had any more sightings of Catherine Hoggle or the children, even as family friends and the children’s father, Troy Turner continues to hand out flyers and talk to people in the downtown Germantown area.
As far as police know, Hoggle does not have any credit or debit cards, or a drivers license since they were recovered with the purse. Hoggle probably has only the cash which she had in her pocket when she left the Chik-Fil-A, which Francke said was probably not more than $15.
MCPD search teams have been searching wide swaths area around Germantown and Gaithersburg, and were searching Darnestown Park off Route 28 shortly after noon on Thursday. All searches had come up empty.
“We are lucky to have one of the foremost search operations teams in the region that are doing various search operations throughout Montgomery County,” said Francke. “Based on the intelligence and data that we have collected during the course of this investigation – which is an extraordinary amount -- they are making educated decisions to try and locate Jacob, Sarah and Catherine. They are searching woods, they are searching behind shopping centers, and they will continue to react to the conditions on the ground that come up during the investigation.” Francke said that there are at least fifty officers involved in just the search aspect of the investigation.
Francke commended that family of Catherine Hoggle for their cooperation and relayed a bit of information about Hoggle’s behavior that might help the public assist in locating her. “She has an affinity for McDonalds food,” said Francke. “We are told she stops by there almost everyday. She also likes Dr. Pepper soda. We would ask anyone in or around a McDonalds, especially around the Germantown area, but all over the county, to keep an eye out for her.”
Catherine Hoggle’s father, Randy Hoggle, spoke to reporters at police headquarters Thursday morning. He made a plea to his daughter. “Come home and have help.” He said that she probably has not been on her medication for two weeks now, and they don’t know why. “This is not you,” he said to his daughter, “This is not what you are all about or what you do. You were the first of four kids to give me a chance to be a soccer coach. I was probably never good at it, but I certainly did my best,” said Randy Hoggle choking back tears. “You and Troy have given me a chance to have Clint on the soccer team. We want Sarah and Jacob to have those same kind of opportunities – the first kiss, the homecoming, the last prom, and a full life. We want you to do that as well. Everyone here is committed to having you come and get help and we will all help you. Please come home. We miss you and we miss the kids.”
Yesterday, Montgomery County Police Detectives obtained a warrant for Catherine Hoggle’s arrest on child neglect charges. Today, Captain Francke said the warrant opened up some investigative avenues that would not be open prior to the warrant being issued.
The bizarre story began when 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 on Haddonfield Lane 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.
Yesterday, police discovered video of Hoggle and the vehicle at the Harris Teeter on Darnestown Road on Sunday afternoon. No children and no other people can be seen in the vehicle at that time.
Catherine returned to her mother’s home after approximately three hours but did not have Jacob 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 a friend’s home during that time.
According to police, on Monday, Sept. 8 at approximately 5:50 am, Catherine left her Clarksburg apartment with Sarah. Catherine returned home at approximately 8:30 am. She then told her common-law husband that the children were at daycare. Hoggle said that she had dropped off both children at an unknown daycare. Police have since learned that the children had never been enrolled in daycare. According to police sources, Troy Turner did not see either of the children on Monday morning.
Turner, who works nights, did not have knowledge that Jacob had not returned home from his grandmother’s home the previous night. That morning, Turner brought their older son, Clint, to the school bus stop.
Later Monday morning at approximately 11:00 am, Turner dropped Hoggle off at a daily medical appointment and picked her up again at approximately 2:00 pm. At this point Turner 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 Chik-Fil-A restaurant near the Germantown Transit Center, located at 19945 Aircraft Drive. Unbeknownst to Troy, Catherine left the restaurant and he then contacted police. Police sources are said today that Hoggle was attempting to arrange taxi service while at the restaurant, but was unsuccessful prior to her disappearance.
Police are still asking for the public’s help in locating members of the Hoggle family. 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 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.
Top: Catherine Hoggle's father Randy Hoggle addressing the media at Montgomery County Police Headquarters on Thursday.
Next: A flyer put up by friends of the Hoggle family near Great Seneca Creek off Riffle Ford Road, an area MCPD search teams investigated on Wednesday afternoon.
Next: Members of MCPD search teams search Darnestown Park, off Route 28 on Thursday shortly after noon.
Next: Head of MCPD Major Crimes, Captain Darren Francke addresses the media.
Next: A photo of Catherine Hoggle from survenance video at Chik-Fil-A in Germantown.
Last: Sarah Hoggle, 3, and Jacob Hoggle, 2, missing since Sunday.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.