CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (KERO) — Since December 21st, the small community of California City has been searching for two missing toddlers. Wednesday it was announced that a $10,000 reward was put forth to help find them. Now that amount has increased. 23ABC’s Bayne Froney explains what the community is doing to help find the boys.
On this New Year's Eve the California City community is still desperate for answers about two missing boys and Wednesday local business owners announced that they are rewarding $10,000 for anyone who can find the boys. Thursday they added another $10,000.
Rick Jones and Amanda Adolf are the owners a few local business in California City, including the Greenstone Cannabis retail store which is offering a $10,000 reward to help find missing toddlers Orson and Orrin West. Now their other company, Preferred Towing, is also offering $10,000. It’s all in an effort to keep the community motivated in finding the two boys.
“Keep people motivated. Keep it in people's minds," said Adolf.
“I think it is always terrible to have to offer money for people to do the right thing and step up," added Jones. "But we all know from history that is what it is and me and Amanda's goal is to find these kids one way or another.”
A vigil outside the house where the boys were last seen has grown larger throughout the past two weeks as the community continues to stop by and leave a gift, light a candle, and pray for the boys.
As of Thursday, no arrests have been made and there is no update in the investigation according to the Cal City Police Department, but Adolf and Jones are organizing a search party for Saturday at 1 p.m. in hopes that those efforts will bring some answers.
“We want to keep this fresh in everyone's minds, keep everyone talking because that is the only way they will ever be found," said Adolf.
If you have any information regarding the missing boys, officials are asking that you contact California City Police at 760-373-8606.