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Search for Hoggle Children to Focus on Darnestown Area

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By Kevin O’Rourke

Montgomery County Police remain slightly optimistic that Jacob and Sarah Hoggle will be found alive and safe.

Captain Paul Starks of the MCPD told reporters outside District 5 Headquarters in Germantown that police search teams coordinated searches over 15 different areas using both air-scent and cadaver dogs. The searches were mostly in what Starks described as “wooded areas or areas that are not developed such as farmland and parkland in the upper part of Montgomery County mostly in the Clarksburg area.” The areas searched today were determined prior to Hoggle’s apprehension in Germantown last night.

Starks said that MCPD search teams plan to concentrate efforts in the Darnestown area and have identified eight search locations where investigators believe that Catherine Hoggle visited in recent days.

When asked if the police are considering the search for the Hoggle children as a rescue mission or a recover mission Starks replied, “We have got to be realistic here. There were two types of dogs, one that is trained to pick up on any human scent and another that is trained more specifically for cadavers.”


Earlier today police released a statement that the mother Catherine Hoggle, 27, who was captured last night after eluding police for the better part of this week, has indicated to detectives that the children are alive, at one point saying, the “kids are safe.” However, this statement has not been verified by police.

Starks would not say whether or not Hoggle, who is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who has been without medication for at least two weeks, was being cooperative with investigators as to the whereabouts or health of her two year-old Jacob and three year-old Sarah. “Investigators worked with her and her legal counsel throughout the day to try to obtain information and then confirm that information,” said Starks.