Missing California City Boys Confirmed Dead, Adoptive Parents Arrested

Missing California City Boys Confirmed Dead, Adoptive Parents Arrested

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office issued an update Wednesday morning regarding the disappearance of the two missing California City boys, 4-year-old Orrin and 3-year-old Orson West. who were reported missing December 21, 2020.

At a press conference, the Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer confirmed the boys died three months prior to when their adoptive parents, Trezell and Jacqueline West reported them missing. Zimmer says the evidence was sufficient when presented to a grand jury to charge the West parents with their murders, despite the boys’ bodies yet to be located. Zimmer adds details are not available right not but there will be direct and circumstantial evidence presented in court to attempt two 2nd-degree murder convictions.

Among the speakers at the press conference were outgoing California City Chief of Police Jon Walker, Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry, and two prosecutors from the DA’s office in the homicide unit. 

Tuesday evening around 7:00 p.m., Bakersfield Police took Trezell and Jacqueline West into custody in western Kern County.

The Wests are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning.

DA Zimmer notes they will be moving directly to trial.