By Kevin O’Rourke
Monday night, Montgomery County Police released a statement asking the public to be aware of the two vehicles that Catherine Hoggle was known to have driven during the time Sarah and Jacob went missing.
Police said the vehicles have been accounted for, but ask business owners to check any business video surveillance tapes for evidence that these vehicles were in the area.
The police are asking business owners to check their exterior video camera footage from Sunday, Sept. 7 during the hours of 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm for a silver/gray Nissan Rogue with red, white and blue Maryland license plates 3AX8778. Jacob Hoggle, 2, is believed to have gone missing on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Business owners are asked to check their exterior video camera footage from Monday, Sept. 8 during the hours of 5:00 am until 8:30 am for the presence of a blue/gray Chrysler Town & Country minivan with Maryland Chesapeake Bay tags 48598CE. Sarah Hoggle, 3, is believed to have gone missing on Monday, Sept. 8.
The children were last known to be in the company of their mother, Catherine Hoggle. Catherine Hoggle also went missing on Sept. 8. She was found and taken into custody by police on Friday, Sept.12. The children were not with her when she was taken into custody, and she has not divulged their whereabouts.
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, who have been missing for more than two weeks.
Last week MCPD asked residents, especially those in the Darnestown and Clarksburg areas, to search their private property for the children. 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 people’s properties” such as sheds or wood-lines or small wooded areas where the children might be.
Family and friends of the missing toddlers organized volunteer searches last weekend, 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. The group searched hiking trails and neighborhoods, as well as handed out fliers in Clarksburg, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Darnestown, Rockville, Montgomery Village, and Damascus. 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.