Media Release #2272, Missing Person – Marjorie West – Hamilton Township, McKean County, PA



The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Kane, continue their investigation into the missing child, Marjorie West.

On May 8, 1938, four-year-old Marjorie West went with her family to the White Gravel Road area (near the present-day Kinzua Dam), Hamilton Township, McKean County, for a Mother’s Day picnic.  While the family was preparing the meal, Marjorie and her sister, 11-year-old Dorothea West, went into the nearby woods to pick flowers.  Dorothea left Marjorie alone to go talk to her mother, and when she returned her sister was gone.  The Pennsylvania Motor Police were called, and an extensive search of the area was conducted for several days/weeks.  Hundreds of volunteers searched for Marjorie, including a large number of oil field workers who were in the area working on a temporary basis.  Several leads were followed over the subsequent months and years, but Marjorie was ultimately never found.   The case has remained unsolved. 

In 2012, Pennsylvania State Police, obtained DNA from Marjorie’s cousin, which has been entered into the CODIS missing person’s database.  Other minor leads were followed in recent years, including a report of a woman living in a nursing home in Rochester, NY, who resembled the progressed photo of Marjorie, was close to her current age, and rarely had visitors.  Pennsylvania State Police ultimately interviewed the women’s niece, who provided documentation that the woman had immigrated with her parents in the early 1900’s. 

When Marjorie West went missing she was four years old, 3’0”, 50 lbs., red hair, blue eyes, and shoulder length curly hair.  

This is one of the oldest missing children cases in the United States.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.
All information is accurate as of Release Date.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 12:00am

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