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Missing Mother With Schizophrenia Found, Two Children Still Missing

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Maryland mother-of-three who went missing along with two of her children was found Friday night, but her 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter are still missing.

Catherine Hoggle, who suffers from schizophrenia, was missing since Monday. Police picked her up late Friday in Germantown, just a block away from the Chick-fil-A where she had vanished.

Her children, Jacob and Sarah, were not with her.

Montgomery County Police said they "remain concerned for the children's welfare."

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Jacob was reportedly last seen on Sunday afternoon by his grandparents. Hoggle told them she was taking her son to get pizza. When she returned three hours later, Jacob wasn’t with her. She told her parents she dropped him off at a friend’s house. Police determined Monday that the 2-year-old was not at a friend’s home.

Sarah has not been seen since early Monday when Hoggle said she was taking her to daycare.

Hoggle allegedly disappeared after her common-law husband Troy Turner pressed her about where the two children were. Hoggle had reportedly stopped taking her medication.

For the last week police and volunteers have been searching for her and her two children.

Turner says he doesn’t believe his wife would intentionally hurt the kids.

"Whatever she's doing, she has a skewed version of reality. She believes she's protecting our children," he told NBC Washington.

"We are about 1,300 strong on the police department, of men and women on the street," said Montgomery County Asst. Police Chief Russ Hamill. "We need the eyes and ears of the community to help us find these little children and bring them safely home."

Police described the children as biracial. Sarah is 3-feet 6-inches tall and weighs 40 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. Jacob is 3-feet tall weighs 25 pounds. He has brown hair and a blond afro.

A vigil is set to be held Saturday evening in the Chik-fil-A parking lot.

Sources: NBC Washington, New York Daily News

Image screenshot: CBS Baltimore