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Father of Missing Mom Pleads For Her To Come Home, No Sign of Children


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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.