Police in California canvassed an apartment complex where adoptive parents lived before two brothers went missing without a trace.
Trezol and Jacqueline West previously lived at the Casa Loma Apartments in Bakersfield, with their six children, including missing boys, Orson and Orrin West, ages 3 and 4.
Police spoke with neighbors after the family moved to a new home in California City in September. The Wests reported the two boys missing from their home on December 21.
Trezol told police the boys were playing outside when he went to gather firewood at a back gate. His wife was inside the home wrapping gifts, he said.
“I came in the house. I saw them there, went into the house, came back out, didn’t see them there,” he said.
Police searched the house and dug up the backyard. They said the couple have been cooperative, but there is evidence that the couple know more than what they are saying.
“They did something,” said the boy’s biological mother, Ryan Dean, who arrived from Bakersfield to help with the search. “I feel like my kids are somewhere around here. I can feel it.”
The couple’s four other children — two adopted and two biological — have been taken into protective custody.