The Doe Network:
Case File 799DFPA


Marjorie West
Missing since May 8, 1938 from McKean County, Pennsylvania.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: June 2, 1933
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 4 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Red hair; blue eyes.
  • Clothing: A blue dress, a red hat and a navy blue mid-length coat with the collar edged in pink.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Marjorie attended a church service with her family members in Bradford, Pennsylvania during the morning hours of May 8, 1938. Her parents decided to have a Mother's Day picnic afterward in the White Gravel area, which was a 40-minute drive from Bradford. They drove south along US 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.

Marjorie picked wildflowers with her older sister Dorothea later during the day. Dorothea left Marjorie alone while she spoke to their mother at approximately 15:00. 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. Police searched with bloodhounds around the rock and down to the road where the scent trail stopped; there near the road were the violets that Marjorie had picked earlier were found.

Dorothea strongly resembles Marjorie and her photos are posted below. Marjorie's case remains unsolved.

Left: Dorothea West at age 12, circa 1940s; Right: Dorothea at age 65, circa 1990s.

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