BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Police Department is taking the lead in 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 are now known to the investigators and the circumstances of the disappearance, the town of Bakersfield is a historical context for the children,” said a press release by the BPD on Monday. “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 was unable to comment on Monday whether police believe a crime was committed in Bakersfield’s case in the boys’ case.
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“I’d like to be able to tell you, but I can’t, and you know as well as I do that it’s not just the public who are watching. If there are people involved, they watch out for it also and so I cannot publish any specific details.
Pair has confirmed that BPD has executed more than 20 search warrants in the case to date in dormitories in Bakersfield, California, City and other jurisdictions.
These arrest warrants enabled police to search homes and collect various items, Pair said.
The California Police Department was the lead investigator for more than two months through Monday.
The CCP police chief Jon Walker said his investigators would continue to assist with the case.
“For the past two months, our police department has worked tirelessly, spending countless hours investigating the disappearance of the boys. I am extremely proud of the hard work our department has done.”
BPD asks everyone 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.
“We understand the public outcry for information about the ongoing efforts to locate Orrin and Orson West. Substantial resources have been and will continue to be devoted to investigating all tips, investigative clues and opportunities. Specific law enforcement effort information, strategies and knowledge will not be given released to protect the integrity of the investigation, “said the press release.
BPD Orson and Orrin West Investigation Release