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Family of Missing Children Urge Governor to Issue Amber Alert


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By Kevin O’Rourke

The family of Jacob and Sarah Hoggle stood in the rain today in front of the Maryland State Police barracks in Rockville to urge Governor Martin O’Malley to issue an Amber Alert to help find the missing toddlers.

Troy Turner, the father of the children, along with their grandparents Lindsey and Randy Hoggle, and Debbie Beckward, and aunts and uncles of the toddlers sent a letter to the Office of the Governor today to request that the Governor use his office to intercede with the Maryland State Police in issuing an Amber Alert for the missing children.

The family called for an immediate release of either a full Amber Alert or a similar alert that meets the specifics of this case. In the letter to Governor O’Malley the family said, “Please ask the Maryland State Police to immediately activate this powerful tool in support of our search for Sarah and Jacob.”

The children were abducted by their mother, Catherine Hoggle on Sept. 7. She was later arrested in Germantown on Sept. 12, but will not tell police the whereabouts of the children.

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Turner told reporters that he was not “bashing” the Montgomery County Police. “They have been very helpful and those detectives are emotionally invested in this case and have done everything they can,” he said.

Turner said that despite the best efforts of MCPD and the other supporting agencies, including searching of up to 60,000 acres, there has been no sign of the children and no success in securing their location through interviews with their mother, Catherine Hoggle.

Turner again asked Montgomery County businesses that may not have done so to check their surveillance video 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. “If we can fill in the blanks of the timeline of those days when she had the children, it could help bring them home,” he said.

“But my main plea is to get that Amber Alert out there,” Turner told reporters “Someone please intercede and get that done. If, for some reason it becomes this huge mess that no one can handle, there are other systems to do it. Get my kids out there, so people know to watch out for them and be vigilant. The more ears and eyes that we have on the streets, and looking around on the roads, the more likely we are to get the tips and information that bring them home.”