MoCo Police to Review Alleged Video of Hoggle Children Sighting in New Jersey

Montgomery County Police are waiting on a video they say is on its way from New Jersey and on it one woman claims may be images of missing Sarah and Jacob Hoggle.hoggletwo

Laura Penny of Shoreham, Long Island, N.Y. told MyMCMedia Monday that she thinks she may have spotted the toddlers who have been missing from Montgomery County since September at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area off the New Jersey Turnpike near New Brunswick on Dec. 28. Penny said she stopped with her own daughter at the busy rest area between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. when she said she saw a boy who “looked just like Jacob” walking hand-in-hand with a woman in a long white sweater. Holding the other woman’s hand was a girl that Penny originally thought was too tall to be 4-year-old Sarah. But, after speaking with Sarah’s father Troy Turner and grandmother Lindsey Hoggle, she now believes it may have been her.

“They didn’t seem distressed but it seemed the woman was trying to almost hide them,” Penny said. “She had a tight grip on their hands.”

Penny didn’t call out to the children, but now regrets not doing it. She also didn’t call police, instead opting to contact the Hoggle family via the www.findsarahfindjacob facebook page.

“I had a really nagging feeling the entire way home. I wish I had called out to the little boy,” she said.

An officer with the Montgomery County Police homicide division contacted Penny on Dec. 29 to briefly discuss her sighting, according to Penny.

Capt. Darren Francke said he is waiting for a copy of the video from the rest stop.

“The video is managed by a private company and is enroute to us. We have worked with NJSP and they are aware of what we are working on,” Francke said in an email to MyMCMedia.

But, Francke said he doesn’t believe the sighting to be “credible.”

“We have to run it out. We are focused on a homicide investigation. Every piece of evidence we believe unfortunately that the children are dead,” Francke told MyMCMedia Monday.

Francke said that evidence includes the children’s mother Catherine Hoggle’s statements, statements from friends and associates, the actions by Hoggle’s attorney and other aspects of the police investigation, despite the lack of finding the bodies of the children.

The toddlers have been missing since early September. Their mother, Catherine Hoggle was the last to be seen with the pair. She is being held in the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center being treated for mental illness. She has not provided any information about her children’s whereabouts. Anyone with information about the Hoggle children’s disappearance is asked to call Montgomery County Police at 301.279.8000 or 911.

Hoggle Again Deemed Not Competent to Stand Trial

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Catherine Hoggle, who faces two murder charges after the disappearance of her two young children, was deemed not competent to stand trial, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said. Circuit Court Judge Michael Mason made the determination in a status hearing. Hoggle, 31, will be evaluated yearly; her next competency hearing will […]

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A judge ordered Catherine Hoggle to be held without bond at a psychiatric facility in Jessup, Md. This order comes just one day after she was indicted on murder charges for the death of her two children. Hoggle was the last known person to be seen with Sarah (6) and Jacob (5) before they disappeared […]

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It’s been three years since Sarah (6) and Jacob (5) went missing.  Their mother, 30-year-old Catherine Hoggle, has been charged with their murder. The Washington Post, reports that she was charged with two counts of murder following a grand jury indictment Thursday evening. Hoggle has spent the last three years in a psychiatric facility in […]

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Defense attorney David Felsen has filed a motion to dismiss three misdemeanors that his client Catherine Hoggle was charged with almost three years ago in the disappearance of her children 3-year-old Sarah and 2-year-old Jacob. Since she was arrested by Montgomery County police officers and charged with child neglect, obstruction and hindering in Sept. of […]

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The mental competency of Catherine Hoggle is expected to be discussed in a Rockville district courtroom Thursday morning. It’s been almost three years since the 30-year-old mother was charged with hindering, neglect and obstruction in the case of her missing children, Sarah (6) And Jacob (5). Since her arrest on the misdemeanor charges, she has […]

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Hoggle Remains Incompetent to Stand Trial, but 'Restorable' (VIDEO)

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Catherine Hoggle’s doctors determined that the woman, charged with hindering, neglect and obstruction in the case of her missing children, remains incompetent to stand trial and dangerous, her lawyers said in Montgomery County District Court on Thursday. The doctors do, however, find her restorable. Judge Zuberi Williams set another competency hearing for Aug. 31. Hoggle’s […]

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Five Things to Know for July 6 in Montgomery County

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Here are five things to know today, July 6, in Montgomery County: 1. Back in Court: Catherine Hoggle returns to a courtroom for a status hearing. It’s been almost three years since the 30-year-old mother was charged with hindering, neglect and obstruction in the case of her missing children, Sarah (6) And Jacob (5). Since […]

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Catherine Hoggle Is Due Back in Court Thursday

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Catherine Hoggle is due back in a Rockville district courtroom July 6, for a status hearing. It’s been almost three years since the 30-year-old mother was charged with hindering, neglect and obstruction in the case of her missing children, Sarah (6) And Jacob (5). Since her arrest, Hoggle has been treated for mental health issues at […]

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Family Releases Age Progression Photos of Missing Sarah and Jacob Hoggle

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It’s been over two years since siblings Sarah (6) and Jacob Hoggle (4) disappeared from their Clarksburg home in Montgomery County. Today, the family has posted age progression photos on the FindSarahFindJacob Facebook page: Troy Turner is the father of Sarah and Jacob. In an interview with MyMCMedia today, he said seeing the age progressed […]

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Catherine Hoggle, the 30-year-old mother charged with neglect, obstruction and hindering in the case of her two missing children, remains incompetent to stand trial. Hoggle appeared in a Rockville district courtroom on Dec. 12 where Judge Margaret Schweitzer set a new competency status hearing for April 3, 2017. It’s been over two years since siblings […]

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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