The adoptive grandmother of two young boys who went missing without a trace from California City in December has pleaded for their return, according to a website used by the boys’ extended adoptive family.
The blog post, attributed to Wanda West, the 65-year-old adoptive grandmother of missing boys Orrin and Orson West, was published on Sunday.
“I am still devastated and in disbelief over three months later that this happened to these innocent babies and they weren’t found,” the post said. “The fact that they are not safe with us is horrible.”
On December 21, the boys’ foster parents told police that Orson, 3, and Orrin, 4, disappeared from their home in California City as they played with sidewalk chalk in the back -course at the end of the afternoon.
The post assigned to Wanda West also indicated that the brothers and sisters of the brothers are apparently no longer in the care of the adoptive parents.
“Less than 18 hours after their disappearance, we made the heartbreaking choice of placing their four brothers (my other babies) in the hands of the FBI for their protection,” Wanda West said, according to the post. “We had no idea what was going on or who was there and in an instant my six grandchildren were gone. Out of my reach. I was shocked, hurt, worried, upset and confused. “
The FBI has clarified that it does not take children into custody, according to a spokesperson. Child protection services, as a policy, do not comment on specific cases in which they may or may not be involved.
According to the blog post, Wanda West said that as worried as she is, she only has one goal right now.
“I am clear that my goal and my mission is to get my babies back,” the post said. “All six. “
She begged someone to provide information on what happened to Orrin and Orson, according to the website.
“God and our family have already forgiven you and you will be released from the guilt and burden that I know you carry,” the post said. “These are babies who are loved and have a whole future to explore. Free them and yourself from this. All we want are the returning boys.”
The boys’ extended adoptive family in the West used the website as a venue to ask the public for more information and also as a platform to make statements regarding a matter that has become very tense.
The Bakersfield Police Department became the lead investigative agency in the case in early March.
In a video address released Monday night, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh assured the public that the BPD, California City Police Department, FBI and the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are working tirelessly to propose A resolution.
“No resource is spared in these efforts,” Goh said.
“I have no doubts that this is a priority for our local law enforcement agencies.”
Goh added that while interest is high in Kern County and beyond, investigative agencies need to be deliberate about what information can be shared with the public.
“In the best interests of the boys and to protect the integrity of the investigation, law enforcement is unable to share all of the details,” she said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111 or Kern Secret Witness at 322-4040.