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Police Begin Building Homicide Case Against Hoggle, Children Feared Dead


By Kevin O’Rourke

Montgomery County Police are still holding out hope to find Jacob and Sarah alive, but that hope is fading and the department is beginning to investigate this as a homicide, as investigators believe that Catherine Hoggle has murdered her two children, Jacob, 2, and Sarah, 3.

“We were investigating this as a missing persons case,” said Captain Darren Francke, of the MCPD Major Crimes Division, “we are now beginning to build a homicide case against Catherine Hoggle.”

Hoggle is the Clarksburg woman who went missing last Monday Sept. 8 after refusing to tell her common-law husband where her two small children were. She was captured late Friday, Sept. 12 and has still not told anyone where the children are located.

MCPD is also asking residents, especially those in the Darnestown and Clarksburg areas, to search their yards and properties for the children.

Francke said the MCPD has searched over 13,000 acres with ground crews and K9, as well as, with horse mounted officers and volunteer citizens. “We continue those operations, but there is still a lot of ground to be searched.”

On Monday morning Francke told reporters that the department is transitioning many of its resources from a rescue mission to a recovery mission. “As police officers, as fathers and mothers we keep a ray of hope the Sarah and Jacob are still out there and can be reunited with their family but we are transitioning our operations as investigators,” said Francke.


Police are asking citizens to search their private property for Sarah and Jacob. Since police would require a warrant to search each homeowners private property they are asking residents to take a few moments to search the “little intricacies of properties” such as sheds or wood-lines or small wooded areas where Jacob and Sarah might be located.

“We’d like you to go out and check your property, your wood-lines or sheds, or structures. We know people have some vast properties. We are going ask you go out there a look again. We are looking for Sarah and Jacob. We expect them to be together,” said Francke. “If you find them, if you see anything – back away immediately and call 911. Certainly, if there is a chance to render any aid take the appropriate action. If you find what we unfortunately believe you will find, we ask that you back away immediately. Do not touch anyt