Orrin West, left, and his brother Orson, right, vanished from outside their home a fortnight ago, with their family’s house since pelted with rocks (Pictures: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
A family’s house has been pelted with rocks after their young adopted sons vanished from their garden a fortnight ago. The West family, from Bakersfield in California, have also had their windows broken, and been bombarded with threats over the disappearance of Orson West, three, and his four year-old brother Orrin.
The siblings, who were legally adopted by the Wests last year, were last seen playing behind their house on the evening of December 21. Police have yet to share any theories over the worrying disappearance, and have not made any arrests.
A West family spokesman said the threats to their safety came amid ‘speculation…as to why we, the extended family, are not physically leading the volunteer search efforts on the ground…and why we have avoided the press.’
Their Medium blog continued: ‘Those theories do not reflect that in less than 24 hours of the disappearance of the boys our extended family started receiving threats of physical violence including death threats.
Volunteers have continued to search for the missing brothers, although no trace of them has been found (Picture: KBAK)
‘Family members who live thousands of miles away have also received these same threats. We were advised appropriately to avoid public spaces and crowds given the immediacy and intensity of these threats.
‘In fact the boys home has been pelted with rocks, windows have been broken and vandals have attempted to break in.’
The Wests say they have reported the threats they’ve received to law enforcement.
Orson and Orrin were legally adopted last year, after the boys’ mother was deemed unable to care for them, and their respective dads signed over their parental rights.
A search for the youngsters’ is underway, and a $20,000 reward has been offered for information that leads investigators to their whereabouts.
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