BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – The Bakersfield Police Department was conducting a search into the disappearance of two California children, according to a neighbor.
The search took place on Friday afternoon at around 1 p.m. on the 1100 block of E. Potomac Avenue in the home of Orrin and Orson West’s adoptive grandparents. According to the neighbor Vina Jefferson, the investigators were left with “brown bags”.
“Police cars that were out there. Out here two doors and then they went to the end of the block. They were in the yard and then they stayed around for a while. Then four of them went. There were two left, and they stay, maybe no more than 30 minutes if they’re that long, and then they’re gone. But that truck that’s in the yard wasn’t there, “Jefferson said.
23ABC couldn’t get the police to ask what exactly was being removed from the house.
Earlier this month, the Bakersfield Police Department took over the lead investigating the disappearance of 3-year-old Orson West and 4-year-old Orrin West. The two boys were reported missing by their adoptive parents in California on December 21.
“Based on the facts that the investigators now know and the circumstances of the disappearance, the town of Bakersfield is a historical context for the children,” said a press release from the BPD at the time.
“The California City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will continue to play an active role in the investigation.”
Bakersfield Police Sergeant Robert Pair has been unable to determine whether police believe that a crime has been committed in Bakersfield’s case in the boys’ case.
Pair confirmed that BPD has carried out more than 20 search warrants in the case to date in homes in Bakersfield, California, City and other jurisdictions.
BPD asks anyone who has had contact with the boys “regardless of the context” in the past year to contact the department on the Secret Witness hotline 661-322-4040.