A Pennsylvania court has ordered a Penn Hills woman to undergo a psychiatric examination after child welfare caseworkers brought legal action, saying the woman has not disclosed the location of her missing twins for more than 10 years. Child welfare representatives filed charges saying that Patricia Fowler, 47, had endangered her children and had obstructed all efforts by the agency to find and determine the well-being of the twins, now 17. Police say they don’t suspect foul play, as there’s no evidence of such, but cannot rule it out.
Police say that Fowler has given them differing stories about the whereabouts of the children, none of which have led to their discovery. Investigators are treating the case as a missing persons operation, and have been pursuing leads for about two months.
Last week, police arrested Fowler’s 18-year-old son after he admitted to posing as one of the missing twins. Authorities say Datwon Fowler posted a message on Facebook using the name of Ivon D. Fowler, one of the missing children, with a phone number where Ivon could be contacted. When police called the number, it went directly to voice mail, but police followed up with a text message. They say that they then received a return text in which the sender claimed to be Ivon, but refused to talk to law enforcement authorities. Police then tracked the location of the phone and found that it was in the Fowler home. They found Datwon there, along with the phone.
The initial investigation did not involve the twins, according to child welfare workers. They went to the Fowler home in late June to take her four children into emergency custody and discovered that she had six children, not four. Thus far, they have no meaningful leads regarding the location of the twins.
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