The adoptive father of two young California boys who went missing last week said they were playing on a back porch when he went to gather firewood just before their disappearance.
Trezol West and his wife, Jacqueline West, reported 3-year-old Orson and 4-year-old Orrin West missing on Dec. 21 from their California City home. Trezol West told KGET-TV that the boys were playing around 5 p.m. when he walked to a back gate to gather the wood. His wife was inside the home wrapping presents, he said.
“I came in the house,” he said. “I saw them there, went into the house, came back out, didn’t see them there.”
He said he searched the neighborhood as well as the home and back yard before calling the police. In the days since, neighbors and dozens of residents have assisted in search efforts.