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Thread: Orrin (4) & Orson West (3) missing from California City, CA since 12/21/2020

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    Reward increases to $120K for missing CA toddlers; family says they're public targets

    The reward, initially offered at $30,000 by extended members of the West family, has increased to $120,000 -- contributed by multiple parties.

    Authorities have received more than 2,000 tips and are now using imaging devices at the adoptive parents' home to search for the boys.

    No suspects or persons of interest have been named in the case at this time.

    "We have not ruled anyone out," Walker said.

    Meanwhile, the adoptive dad's family tells ABC News that they're targets -- not from authorities -- but from the public.

    "It is misguided to blame uncles and aunts and grandparents for children who are missing that we love and care about and are trying to find," Watkins said.

    "Right now there are people outside the home, talking about where are the boys," said Wanda West.

    As the community continues holding vigils, the family is reminding everyone they're in deep pain too.

    "It's like people don't realize we are grieving. We are hurting just like they are," Wanda West said.

    The boys' biological mother blames their adoptive parents.

    "They did something. I feel like they did something and they know something," Ryan Dean said.

    The Wests said they understand her anger.

    "I would think the same thing ... all I want is to find our babies," Trezell West said.

    An investigation into the boys' disappearance remains active.

    Walker said police requested polygraph tests for "multiple people."

    "We haven't given up. We're still trying," he said.

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    The statement posted to Medium and shared with 17 News also says members of the extended West family have received death threats since Orson’s and Orrin’s disappearances. The statement says family members had been advised to avoid the public because of the intensity and amount of threats they had received.

    The West home in California City has been targeted by rocks, and attempted break-ins according to the family’s statement.
    People are so disgusting. We may have our opinions, but at this point we really don't know whether the parents are victims or perpetrators. IF they are innocent, imagine how much pain they are in - and then to have to deal with jackholes like this on top of it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    People are so disgusting. We may have our opinions, but at this point we really don't know whether the parents are victims or perpetrators. IF they are innocent, imagine how much pain they are in - and then to have to deal with jackholes like this on top of it....
    Yeah. It's sad to see. If they're guilty it doesn't do a bit of good to throw stones. And if they're innocent? How cruel to increase their torment.
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    What we know about the disappearance of Orrin and Orson West

    It has now been two months since two little boys vanished from their home in California City. There are so many parts to this mystery. A 3-year-old and a 4-year-old vanish on a dark, cold night in California City – around 76 miles east of Bakersfield. The city’s 14,000 residents and thousands from across the nation are searching desperately for answers. Here’s what we know.

    Three-year-old Orson and 4-year-old Orrin West were reported missing in California City on Dec. 21. Authorities still have no idea where the boys could be.

    “We’ve questioned multiple people, we’ve searched multiple places,” said Chief of Police Jon Walker. “So at this point we have nothing that actually shows us or proves what happened to the boys or where they’re at.”

    Orrin and Orson were born in Bakersfield. Their mom is Ryan Dean. She gave the boys their birth names – Cinsere and Classic. Their last names were Pettus.

    “I was living fine with them before they came and got them,” Dean said. “A small incident happened.”

    Child Protective Services took the boys near the beginning of 2018.

    “I was at work, I noticed my baby’s cry wasn’t normal when I got home and I took him straight to the hospital,” Dean said. “They say his femur bone was broken and twisted.”

    The baby she’s talking about is Orrin West. He had a broken thigh bone, but Dean said she didn’t know how it happened. The last time she saw her boys was at the end of 2018.

    “I have a good background,” Dean said. “I don’t have a police record, never been in jail.”

    In 2018, Trezell West, 34, and Jacqueline West, 31, became the boys’ foster parents. The West family adopted them in 2019, and renamed them Orrin and Orson West. But on Dec. 21, the boys disappeared.

    “And thats all I want is to find our babies, that’s it,” Trezell said.

    Trezell West says his wife, Jacqueline, was wrapping Christmas presents at around 4 p.m. She told Orrin and Orson to take their chalk and go out to the fenced backyard to draw on a concrete slab. Trezell wanted to build a fire in the fireplace and he went out the back door with the boys. He opened a side gate and left the yard to gather wood. He walked past the boys as he carried the wood into the house.

    “I came in the house, saw them there, went into the house, came back out, didn’t see them there,” Trezell said. “I realized I left the gate open and I panicked.”

    A neighbor’s security camera shows at 4:32 he jumped into the family’s white van. He says he drove around the neighborhood calling their names and talking to neighbors.

    He then called police more than an hour later. California City Police and dozens of locals searched the area for the kids that night. But the adoptive parents say police told them to stay inside their home.

    “The cops told us the best are out here,” Jacqueline said.

    “The best are out here searching,” Trezell said.

    A few days later, police got a warrant to search the house. They sent K9s inside multiple times to attempt to find the scent of the boys. The chief says the dogs found the scent inside the home, but didn’t smell the children leaving the house.

    “I do suspect foul play,” Walker said.

    Law enforcement has gone in and out of the house many times, occasionally removing evidence.

    “We’ve looked everywhere possible in a house we could possibly look,” Walker said.

    They even dug up the backyard in the beginning of the investigation. But the chief says these searches didn’t reveal any new information. The California City Police Department has 13 officers. The FBI and Bakersfield Police quickly joined the investigation as supporting agencies.

    “We consider those kids our kids, and we’re not used to this kind of thing happening in our town,” Walker said.

    Police say the adoptive parents have been cooperative. They have four other kids – two biological, and two more adopted. Walker would not confirm their ages, but the adoptive parents say that Orrin and Orson are the youngest of their siblings.

    Walker wouldn’t say whether police have questioned those children. But he did confirm they were taken into foster care and will remain there until a court case is settled.

    “The parents are given a court-ordered case plan and if they complete what’s asked of them then they can get their children back,” said Jana Slagle, a spokesperson for the Department of Human Services in Kern County.

    Trezell and Jacqueline west haven’t spoken to the public or given any information on the boys since Dec. 23. They left their house in California City and haven’t returned since around Christmas.

    “They’ve been back a couple of times to either take items out or whatever,” Walker said.

    Even though the West family wasn’t home, somebody threw a rock through the front window. Another screwed a large sign into their front awning that asked “Where are the boys?”

    “Even though it was violent, they did have good intentions,” said Laura Romero, a California City resident. “They want to bring the parents out to talk.”

    Police say the Wests are now in Bakersfield – where they lived before moving to California City in 2020. The extended adoptive family has released two statements. The first offered a $30,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the boys. And the second asked for the community to stop attacking their family.

    “People took this very serious, we’re a small town,” said LaMiya Patrick, another resident.

    Several businesses and individuals have also put up reward money. The various rewards now add up $122,000.

    “There’s more than just a certain family that’s hurting here,” said James Robinson, a local pastor. “And this is a great opportunity for somebody to come forward with the right information and help us get to the truth.”

    Ryan Dean – the biological mother – still lives in Bakersfield and has joined a few of the search parties for the boys.

    “It’s hard but we have to stay strong for the parents, the mother and them,” said Rosanna Wills, cousin of the boys. “The community’s been doing their part in a major way. Without them, we’d be lost.”

    Members of her extended family have held multiple prayer vigils and search parties, spreading the word through social media and flyers. They also made T-shirts, masks, and sweatshirts with pictures of the boys on them.

    “It’s actually keeping it alive in people’s minds and hearts,” said Keisha Stevenson, a friend of the biological family. “You just never know if they’re still out there or not. We have to stand on faith, don’t let our hope die, so it just keeps us going, we keep going, it gives us the push. It gives us the strength.”

    Most recently — they raised money for two billboards seeking information on the boys.

    “Not everybody watches the news,” Wills said. “So maybe someone that’s traveling can see it.”

    One Bakersfield resident – Jennifer Nobles – has no relation to the boys but took money out of her own pocket to put up two billboards alongside Mohawk Street near Rosedale Highway.

    “I cant stop thinking about it,” Nobles said. “Thinking of a 3 and a 4 year old child, out of nowhere just poof they’re gone? Never see them again and it’s going on two months. I just I can’t grasp that reality of it.”

    Police say they’re still responding to every tip they receive. Anyone with information on the two missing boys can call the California City Police Department at 760-373-8606. To remain anonymous you can call the secret witness line at 661-322-4040.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post

    What we know about the disappearance of Orrin and Orson West
    I haven't been checking up on the news lately, I was really hoping that this case was solved.

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    Search for missing California City boys leads to field in Bakersfield

    Over 50 FBI agents and Bakersfield police officers searched a field for about two hours to look for two boys who have been missing since December.

    Law enforcement officials said they searched for 4-year-old Orrin West and 3-year-old Orson West in a field in Bakersfield on Saturday.

    The field is located just over 2 miles from the apartment the boys lived in with their four siblings before they moved to California City in September 2020.

    An official from the Bakersfield Police Department said law enforcement completed their full search on Saturday.

    "As far as if any items of evidence of any value were located, I can't get into specifics," said police spokesman Sgt. Robert Pair. "I can definitively say that the boys were not located, I think our reaction would have been a lot different if that occurred."

    Pair would not explain why officials searched the field.

    Community search groups had looked for Orrin and Orson in the same field in January, KBAK-TV reported.

    The boys have been missing since Dec. 21. Their adoptive parents say they last saw them in their California City backyard.

    A reward for information leading to their whereabouts has been increased to $122,000. Police have not named any suspects in their disappearance.
    The location they are searching makes me think that LE thinks the bio family did something with them.

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    This is the West family's official communication forum. This is from one of the grandmothers. Did anyone else know that the family had Orson and Orrin's 4 other brothers, or did I just skim over this previously?


    When I learned that two of my grandchildren, the youngest — Orrin and Orson, had disappeared this past December from their home in California City I was devastated. I am still devastated and in disbelief more than three months later that this has happened to these innocent babies and they have not been found. That they are not safe and sound at home with us is horrendous.

    Less than 18 hours after their disappearance we made the heart wrenching choice to place their four brothers (my other babies) in the hands of the FBI for their protection. We had no clue what was happening or who was out there and in an instant all six of my grandchildren were gone. Out of my reach. I was shocked, hurt, worried, upset and confused.

    Today I am still in shock, hurt, worried, upset but not confused. I am clear that my purpose and mission is to get my babies back. All six of them.

    Someone knows exactly where Orrin and Orson are and what happened in December. Come forward. God and our family has already forgiven you and you will be free from the guilt and burden I know you are carrying. These are babies who are loved and have an entire future waiting for them to explore. Release them and yourself from this. All we want are the boys back.

    Children are to be loved, cared for and protected at all cost and to have your own grandchildren be stripped away by God knows who is a nightmare that will breakdown the strongest of us all.

    I worked hard for 29 years straight before retirement, raised three sons and have maintained my marriage of more than 30 years all while dealing with the pressure of being a Black Woman in America. I never would have imagined in my 65 plus years on this earth that this would happen to my own.

    If you have read this far, please continue to support the actual search for Orrin and Orson.

    If you know something — please share truthful and fact based information with the Bakerfield Police Department.

    Please continue to pray for my babies and their safe return. I believe one day we will wake up from this nightmare. One day. God bless.

    With Love,

    — Wanda West

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    This was from last month, but I'm happy to see something being done in this case.

    Investigation Discovery show to air segment about missing California City boys

    "In Pursuit with John Walsh," a show on Investigation Discovery, will air a segment about two California City boys that vanished Dec. 21, 2020 and are still missing on its season 3 premiere

    The segment will air Wednesday. Viewers with information about the missing children can call or text 1-833-3-PURSUE or submit information at

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