Volunteers in California are searching around an apartment complex where two missing boys previously lived with their adoptive parents, hoping to find any clues that help lead to their whereabouts.
Bakersfield Now reports that Trazelle and Jacqueline West previously lived with their six children, including missing boys, Orson and Orrin West, at the Casa Loma Apartments in Bakersfield. In September, the family moved to a home in California City. On December 21, they reported Olson and Orrin, ages 3 and 4, missing from their new home.
California City Police officers spoke with every neighbor in the area at the family’s new home, yet none of them have seen the young boys. Community members are now concerned that there could be clues at the Wests’ previous residence.
“We’re trying to cover the grounds, to help give law enforcement that may be short-handed, a hand,” the search party coordinator, Sara Williamson, told the outlet. “Hope is never lost, no. No, never lost.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Trezell West said that Orson and Orrin were last seen on December 21 at their home in the 10700 block of Aspen Avenue, in California City, at around 5:45 p.m.
Trezell West said the children were in the backyard playing when he stepped out briefly to open a gate and gather wood. Jaqueline West said she was inside wrapping presents.
During a previous press conference, Trezell West explained that he accidentally left the gate open after gathering wood, ABC 23 reports.
“I open up the back gate, I’m throwing wood, bringing it inside the house. My wife’s inside, she was actually wrapping gifts so we thought it was a good idea that our youngest two go outside and play with chalk on the back patio,” West said.
“I realized that I left the back gate open and I panicked and came inside the house, searched the house, me and my wife. Once that didn’t pan out, I got in the van, I looked down the street in both directions, it was getting dark, getting cold.”
Chief Jon Walker with the California City police indicated that he thinks foul play could be involved.
“I can’t comment on that, whether I think they’re alive or not. I do suspect foul play,” Walker said. “We have not been able to put together how the boys got out of the yard or where they’ve gone…someone knows. And I would hope that person would come forward.”
Meanwhile, Medium reports that the Wests’ extended family said they started receiving threats within 24 hours of the boys being reported missing. They added that the home the boys reportedly disappeared from is being vandalized.
“The boys home has been pelted with rocks, windows have been broken and vandals have attempted to break in. While we understand the anger and frustration felt by so many — this type of response has complicated our ability to lean in fully and has distracted from the actual search. All threats have been taken seriously by the FBI and local law enforcement.”
The California City Police Department said no one has been ruled out in the boys’ disappearance at this time.
The West couple adopted the boys in 2019. Their four other children include two biological and two adopted children.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the California City Police Department at 760-373-8606. Check back for updates.
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[Featured Photo: Orson and Orrin West/Handout; Medium]