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Find Missing Marjorie West!

Find Missing Marjorie West!

Find missing Marjorie West!
She vanished as a small child.
She has been missing for almost 80 years.
Why tell her story now? some may wonder.
Marjorie has never been found.
And she should be buried next to
Those who had to die not knowing what happened to her.
Not in some unknown location.

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Details

Find missing Marjorie West! Marjorie West has been missing since May 8, 1938. She is missing from McKean County, Pennsylvania. Marjorie is classified as an endangered missing person. Her year of birth is 1933. At the time of her disappearance, Marjorie was 4 years old. Her current age is 84 years old. Her height and weight are unknown. Marjorie West is a Caucasian female. Her hair is red and her eyes are blue. Many accounts spell Marjorie’s name “Marjory.” She has freckles on her face and she spoke with a southern accent in 1938.

When she was last seen, Marjorie was wearing a blue dress. She wore a navy blue mid-length coat with the collar edged in pink. Marjorie wore a red Shirley Temple type hat and patent leather shoes.

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Circumstances

Marjorie West attended a church service with her family members. The service was held in their hometown of Bradford, Pennsylvania during the morning hours of May 8, 1938. Her parents decided to have a Mother’s Day picnic afterwards in the White Gravel area. It was a 40-minute drive from Bradford. They drove south along U. S. Route 219, following an old railroad grade from Custer City to Marshburg, Pennsylvania. The Wests entered the White Gravel area from Chapel Fork Road in McKean County.

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Disappearance

Marjorie picked wildflowers with her eleven-year-old sister, Dorothea. They did this later during the day. Dorothea recalled that their parents warned them against walking behind a large boulder near the flowers. She said their father and brother checked the area. But there was a chance that rattlesnakes were hiding near the rock. Dorothea left Marjorie alone while she spoke to their mother. She did this at approximately 3:00 P.M. Marjorie disappeared by the time her sister returned to the area. She has never been heard from again. The girls’ mother called the police after an initial search of the area by family members produced no evidence as to Marjorie’s whereabouts.

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Dorothea West, sister of Marjorie West, age 12 (circa 1939)

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Dorothea West, sister of Marjorie West, age 65 (circa 1993)

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Investigation

Witnesses reported that two vehicles drove past the Wests’ picnic site. This was prior to Marjorie’s disappearance. Authorities identified the cars and neither was involved in her case. At first it was believed that Marjorie had merely wandered into the woods and became lost. Hundreds of people searched for her in the countryside. And her disappearance received a great deal of publicity. If she had been out in the open for more than a few days, she would have succumbed to exposure. The searchers found what appeared to be a freshly dug grave deep in the woods, but when they dug it up it turned out to be a buried cask of wine.

A scrap of lace was also discovered and some people thought it might be a piece of Marjorie’s clothes, but she did not have any lace on her clothing when she disappeared. No footprints or other indications of Marjorie’s whereabouts were ever found.

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Unidentified Man

A taxi driver in Thomas, West Virginia claimed that he saw a weeping girl matching Marjorie’s description and wearing similar clothes riding in a dark green sedan with an unidentified man in his thirties. The sighting took place at 11:38 P.M. on the night of her disappearance. The driver said that the individual said the girl was his daughter. And he asked the taxi driver where the nearest motel was located. The driver directed him to an establishment across the street. The man left the child in the car and went inside the hotel. But there were no vacancies. The man returned and inquired about a local liquor store. The driver instructed him to stop at a bar down the road.

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Abduction?

The taxi driver identified Marjorie as the man’s passenger several days later. A man matching the description of the unidentified individual refueled at a gas station outside of Thomas. And an attendant reported seeing a bundle wrapped in a gray blanket in the backseat of the car. The man’s identity remains a mystery. Investigators determined that the approximate travel time along U.S. Route 219 between the White Gravel area and Thomas, West Virginia was eight hours. If the individual abducted Marjorie around 3:00 P.M. they would have arrived in Thomas by 11:00 and 11:30 P.M. that evening. Authorities were unable to confirm the child’s identity.

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Theories

There was speculation that Marjorie was taken to Canada by other family members. Others theorized that she may have fallen down an abandoned oil well near White Gravel. Some people believed that Marjorie may have been abducted and taken somewhere in the south or southwestern United States. Additional speculation pointed towards the Tennessee Children’s Home Society near Memphis, Tennessee. The facility was operated by Georgia Tann, who was initially lauded for placing at-risk children in adoptive homes. Authorities eventually learned that Tann had kidnapped over 1,200 young children during the years 1932 through 1951.

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Today

The majority of victims were abducted from states bordering Tennessee. However, some children resided in Connecticut. Judge Camille Kelly approved Tann’s custody bids for the majority of the victims. Tann placed most of the children with childless couples in New York City, New York or Los Angeles, California. None of the theories have been proven and no one has been implicated in Marjorie’s disappearance.
Dorothea strongly resembles Marjorie and her photos are posted above with this case summary. Marjorie’s case remains unsolved.

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Appeal

Marjorie West has been missing for almost 80 years. This is longer than most of us have been alive. Because of all this time that has passed, most of her loved ones have died not knowing what happened to her. Apparently her one sister is still alive. Will Dorothea have to die not knowing what happened to her long-lost sister? Marjorie went missing long before advances in DNA, forensics, and technology. And it was long before Amber Alerts or any awareness of missing children. But police are still investigating. Chances are, they won’t keep this case open much longer if they don’t get tips and leads. Marjorie deserves to be properly remembered. She should be buried with her family, not be hidden somewhere because someone is concealing her death.

Someone (s) knows something! Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Marjorie West? You may contact the Pennsylvania State Police at: (814) 938-0510. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

This is a piece written by a family member. Click here to and learn more.

The above information can be found on Marjorie West’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International.

The above image is courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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