“Large Number of Case Developments”: Bakersfield Police Department discuss taking the lead in the Missing Boys case in California City

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – It has been more than two months since 3-year-old Orson and 4-year-old Orrin West were reported missing in California City. Today, an important development, the Bakersfield Police Department is taking over the investigation.

“I believe there is a great case development in this investigation,” said Sgt. Robert Pair, with the Bakersfield Police Department. “Unfortunately, due to the nature of this type of work, we are unable to publish this information.”

These mysterious developments led Bakersfield Police to take over the investigation. BPD has been with the FBI from the start, assisting 13 officers from the California City Police Department.

“They have a few more resources, even though we have specific resources for that,” said Jon Walker, California City Police Chief. “And we will continue to use these resources, that will be our main task.”

According to the BPD, there are several reasons for this change.

“Much of the interviews and follow-up must be done in Bakersfield,” said Pair.

There are also many parts of this history that lead back to this city.

“Bakersfield is a historical connection for the boys,” said Pair. “Most of the adoptive, biological and young families grew up in Bakersfield.”

Sgt. Pair wouldn’t say if he thinks the boys are still alive or where they might be.

“I’m not going to speculate where the guys are and I have no other information to suggest they are in Bakersfield and not elsewhere,” said Pair.

As the lead agency in this case, BPD has some new responsibilities. The department is now responsible for gathering information, conducting most of the interviews, and processing evidence.

“We’re not going to end this case until we know the facts, so it will be brought to light based on further investigation and where the details lead us,” Pair said.

Members of the biological family say they are glad BPD is taking the case and wish it would happen sooner. Anyone with information about the boys will be asked to call the secret witness line at 661-322-4040.

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