Left: West, circa 1991; Right: Age-progression at age 31 (circa 2010)
Rebecca Elizabeth West
Missing since October 21, 1991 from Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Circumstances of Disappearance
West was last seen at a service station in Spokane, Washington on October 21, 1991. She was accompanied by her friend, Iryll Wood (nicknamed "Nicki"), at the time.
Neither of the girls returned to their homes during the evening.
Searchers discovered Wood's body under a pile of burning pine needles shortly after their disappearances were reported to authorities. Wood had been strangled to death. Her remains were located in the Seven Mile area north of Spokane. There was no evidence of West's whereabouts at the scene.
Michael W. Tarbert resided in a cabin near the location of Wood's body in 1991. He was charged with both of the girls' murders in March 1996. He entered a guilty plea in May 1998, shortly before his trial was scheduled to begin.
Tarbert was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the girls' homicides. West's remains have never been located.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Agency Case Number: 91-83103
NCMEC #: NCMC760741
NCIC Number: M-250753228
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Washington State Missing Persons
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