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There are three possibilities:
1) The trustee let the accounts lie dormant and they were turned into the state's unclaimed property department. If so your nieces should be able to recover the money by making a claim to the state. They can do a search and file a claim here:
2) The trustee has the funds and is just not being responsive;
3) The trustee raided the funds.
For 2 and 3 the nieces will need to bring an action against the trustee for an accounting and for restitution of the trust funds.
Because the trustee is in Oregon, in order to obtain personal jurisdiction over the trustee, the the law suit must be filed in Oregon to enforce the terms of the California Trust.
This link will help you find an Oregon Attorney:
Finding a copy of the Trust is going to be challenging, but there may be a copy, or a reference to it in the Ventura County, California, Court House records. You will need to make a trip to the Court House and obtain a copy of your Father's Will. The Records Clerk will be able to assist with that. If you have a reference to the Trust in the Will that may be sufficient to initiate an accounting.
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