By Kevin O’Rourke
Montgomery County Police issued a statement at 10:30 am that they have had no sightings of Catherine Hoggle or her children since Monday, and have no planned searches today, unless information comes to light which would warrant a search.
“The police department remains concerned for Catherine and the children,” said the statement. “The last verified sighting of Catherine was on Tuesday morning, Sept. 9 at approximately 4:30 am in Germantown. There have been no confirmed sightings of the children since they were reported missing by their father on Monday, Sept. 8.”
The father of the children, Troy Turner, and friends of the family continue to canvas the Germantown central business district handing out flyers and speaking to shoppers. They plan a candlelight vigil for Saturday night at 9 pm in Germantown Town Center.
They have also set up a crowd-funding website in hopes raising money to offer as a reward for information leading to the children. The site is available at http://www.gofundme.com/eebhyk .
The gofundme page reads, "This page was created by the loved ones of Jacob and Sarah to help raise money to offer as a reward for any information that will aide in the safe return of these precious babies to their father and family."
Hoggle, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic patient, who has been off her medications for as long as two weeks, has eluded police for most of this week. MCPD obtained a warrant for her arrest on child neglect charges, based on her leaving her children, Jacob, 2, and Sarah, 3, unattended for more than 72 hours.
Based on data and information gathered during the investigation, detectives have focused on areas of the county that they believe Catherine may have visited recently. Officers have searched these areas, looking for evidence that could assist detectives in locating the Hoggles, according to police. “The search process is highly organized and systematic, conducted by police officers, and is overseen by the Montgomery County Police Department Search Team,” said the statement.
There are no searches planned for today. “Today, Montgomery County Police Search managers will review, evaluate, and discuss search efforts thus far. There are no planned searches for today unless information is received that would warrant an immediate search,” said the statement. Police indicate that search managers will resume active searches tomorrow.
Police are still asking the public to call with information on possible sightings of Catherine Hoggle. Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1 or the police non-emergency number 301-279-8000.
Police were hopeful they had a lead last night as they swarmed the Walmart in the Milestone Shopping Center in Germantown, after someone thought they spotted Catherine Hoggle wandering around the store. However, review of store surveillance video turned up that the person in question was not Hoggle.
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 police said was probably not more than $15.
Police said that Hoggle enjoys eating McDonalds food and would go to the fast food chain every day. She also likes Dr Pepper and iced coffees, according to police. “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,” said Captain Darren Francke yesterday.
Police sources say that Hoggle is showing a pattern of behavior that shows she knows exactly what she is doing in eluding capture, but are hopeful that there is a chance that the children are safe with a friend that is watching them, however, that hope fades with each passing day.
On Tuesday, 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. That video was the last time Catherine Hoggle was spotted.