MoCo Police to Review Alleged Video of Hoggle Children Sighting in New Jersey
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.
UPDATED Catherine Hoggle appeared in front of District Court Judge Holly Reed, III on Sept. 27th for a status hearing in Rockville. It was the first time she had been in court since June. During the Tuesday hearing, Reed reported that doctors at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital have evaluated Hoggle and determined that she […]
The competency of Catherine Hoggle is scheduled to be discussed at a status hearing in District Court on Tuesday morning in Rockville. Hoggle has been treated for mental health issues at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital for the past two years. She is the last known person to have seen her children, Sarah and Jacob […]
The father of two missing children has launched an online petition on the Change.org website. The focus of the petition, Troy Turner said, “is simply bringing my kids home.” It will be two years next month since his young daughter and son, Jacob and Sarah Hoggle, disappeared from their Clarksburg home. Their mother, Catherine Hoggle, […]
It’s been almost two years since siblings Sarah and Jacob Hoggle disappeared from their Clarksburg home in September of 2014. Their mother, Catherine Hoggle, is the last known person to have seen the two children, and she has been charged by police with neglect, obstruction and hindering. She has been found incompetent to stand trial, […]
With her long hair pulled back and wearing eyeglasses, a handcuffed Catherine Hoggle was brought inside a Rockville district courtroom on June 28th for a status hearing in the case of her missing children, Sarah and Jacob. She glanced back towards her mother who was sitting in the third row at least once during the […]
UPDATED Catherine Hoggle is expected to appear in district court for a status hearing on June 28th in Rockville. Hoggle is the last known person to have seen her missing children, Sarah and Jacob, before they disappeared from their Clarksburg home in September of 2014. She remains at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital where she […]
Lindsey Hoggle, the mother of Catherine Hoggle and the grandmother of missing Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, has written a letter to The Washington Post about mental illness and incarceration. Her daughter, Catherine Hoggle, is being treated for mental health issues at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital in Jessup, Maryland. Catherine is believed to be last […]
Judge Eugene Wolfe has denied a request by state prosecutors to hire a psychiatrist to conduct an independent competency evaluation of Catherine Hoggle, according to court documents posted online by The Washington Post. “The defendant is being evaluated by a team of medical professionals at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital and their opinion of the […]
State’s Attorney John McCarthy said he is preparing for the upcoming April 25th competency hearing in the case of Catherine Hoggle. Hoggle is the last known person to have seen her missing children, Sarah and Jacob, before they disappeared in Sept. of 2014. She continues to receive treatment for mental health issues at Clifton T. […]
In this MyMCMedia Extra, Troy Turner says he appreciates the community’s support and interest in the case of his two children who disappeared from their Clarksburg home in Sept. of 2014. He said it means a lot to him that people still care. Turner said he hopes to get an age progressed photo of the […]