By Kevin O’Rourke
As Montgomery County Police Department search teams continue to look for Jacob and Sarah Hoggle, missing since Sept. 7, family and friends of the toddlers missing have organized a community search party for this weekend. The group will meet at Seneca Valley High School, at 19401 Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday.
Using social media to recruit volunteers, the group put out a call using a Facebook page. The group has also set up a website devoted to finding Jacob and Sarah.
They are asking the community to donate time, money or supplies, such as water, ice, coffee, cups plates, sandwiches, trash bags or paper supplies for fliers, posters and the like. There will be a drive-through donation lane for those wishing to drop off supplies. All paper and food donations are asked to be delivered to Seneca Valley High School by 7:30 am on Saturday.
The group is planning to search hiking trails and neighborhoods, as well as hand out fliers in Clarksburg, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Darnestown, Rockville, Montgomery Village, and Damascus. Volunteers are urged to dress for the weather and hiking gear, and to always practice personal safety.
The group is also offering a corporate sponsored $20,000 reward for any person or persons whose information is verified as leading to the safe return of Sarah and Jacob Hoggle. Earlier, funding for the reward was derived from a crowd-funding campaign and is made up of donations. If the reward money is unused any donation over $500 will be returned. Other funds will be used to purchase search supplies.
The children’s mother, Catherine Hoggle -- a diagnosed schizophrenic -- was arrested charged with two counts of child neglect and obstruction and hindering after eluding police for almost a week. The 27 year-old mother of missing Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, refuses to tell investigators the whereabouts of her children, but has said that children are alive and the “kids are safe.” However, this statement has not been verified by police. She remains in police custody and is being held without bond, pending a psychiatric hearing.
Montgomery County Police continue to build a homicide case against Hoggle, while simultaneously conducting managed searches of areas in the up-county area. Yesterday, police said search team were looking in the area of Fr. Hurley Boulevard and I-270, but said that search yielded no evidence. The search of this area was not the result of any tips, according to MCPD.
Police said searches would continue and thanked the following law enforcement and private organizations for their help, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Corrections Department, Mid-Atlantic Search Dogs, Southern Maryland Search & Rescue Dog Association, Chesapeake Search& Rescue Dog Association and Bay Area Search Dogs.