Orrin and Orson West’s organic mom shares images and reminiscences of her. Her household holds a prayer service in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – It has been 44 days since 3-year-old Orson and 4-year-old Orrin West were reported missing in California. This story has influenced families across the country. People who don’t even know the boys change their lives to look for them almost daily. But after all this time, the police haven’t found anything to suggest where the boys might be.
“We searched various locations for possible burial sites,” said Police Chief Jon Walker. “I think last week we dug up a coyote, a dog and three sheep.”
The police chief says his department has received around 2,500 tips since this case began. He says he followed up on each of them.
“Not that we haven’t looked there yet, we’re on boats on the lake in Central Park looking again for people who can give us tips that they have seen bodies in the lake,” said Chief Walker. “I’m not discouraging these tips at all. Please send them in as we will go out when we can and do a follow up when we do. “
The congregation has not given up either – the boy’s biological family held a candle prayer on Tuesday evening. Dozens came from across the state to pray and plan search parties.
“It’s hard, but we have to stay strong for the parents, the mother and her,” said Rosanna Wills, the boys’ cousin. “The community has done its part. Without it we would be lost. “
Ryan Dean – the birth mother of Orrin and Orson West – also came to pray. She says the last time she saw her boys was around Christmas time in 2018. She told 17News about some memories she has of her. She says Orrin loves music and loved taking pictures with her. But he didn’t want to be in photos on recent visits. She says Orson would always climb her and he loves food. Whenever they played together, he tried to eat the food molded toys.
“If you know something you can come anonymously, just come forward,” said Wills. “Because many people are hurt behind the missing boys, people who don’t even know the boys are hurt do.”
If you have information, contact the California Police Department at 760-373-8606. To remain anonymous, you can call the secret witness line at 661-322-4040.