Montgomery County police investigators suspect a Clarksburg mother killed two young children who have been missing for more than a week, police said on Monday.
Sarah Hoggle, 3, and Jacob Hoggle, 2, have been missing since Sept. 8.
Authorities are investigating their mother, Catherine Hoggle, 27, in their possible deaths. Hoggle had also gone missing for a few days after her common-law husband became suspicious about the kids' whereabouts.
"We keep a ray of hope that Sarah and Jacob will be reunited with their family," Police Capt. Darren Francke said at news conference Monday morning. "But I can tell you at this point we are transitioning our operation as investigators."
Police said detectives, a psychiatrist and Hoggle's lawyers have tried get to her to tell them the location of the children but they have not been successful. Police found Hoggle Friday without her children. They said she appeared disheveled and looked as if she had been living on the street. They also said she had changed the appearance of her hair.