Missing person Micki Jo West

Micki Jo West – Missing Person Case

  • Real Name: Micki Jo West
  • Nicknames: Mikki (possible misspelling)
  • Location: St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Date: September 11, 1979


  • Occupation: Nurse’s Aide at St. Joseph State Hospital
  • Date of Birth: September 24, 1959
  • Height/Weight: 5’5″ – 5’6″, 140 – 150 lbs.
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Characteristics: Caucasian female, brown hair, brown eyes, wears glasses with her name “Micki” printed on the right lens. Last seen wearing a white uniform, khaki coat, and carrying a white purse.

Case Details: At 6 am on September 11, 1979, Micki Jo West left for work in St. Joseph, Missouri, but never arrived. She was last seen walking towards her bus stop, four blocks away. Her family reported her missing when she didn’t show up at work. Foul play is suspected, but her body has never been found.

Micki was involved in a marital dispute between her best friend, Ruth West, and Ruth’s ex-husband, Marvin Lee Irvin. Micki began receiving threats, expressing fear for her life. On the day of her disappearance, she mentioned carrying a hammer for protection. Authorities identified Irvin as a suspect, but lacked concrete evidence.

Anonymous letters surfaced in 1986, claiming to be from someone present when Irvin killed Micki. Letters continued to appear over the years, expressing guilt and a need for help. Despite efforts to trace the author, their identity remained unknown.

In 1990, Irvin was implicated in the murders of Patricia Diane Rose and Crystal Lynn Simmons. He confessed in 1991 to these crimes and Micki’s murder. Irvin detailed the altercation and subsequent murder, leading authorities to Patricia and Crystal’s remains. However, Micki’s body has never been located.

Irvin, serving life in prison, remains the prime suspect in Micki Jo West’s disappearance. The case remains unresolved, with unanswered questions about the authorship of the anonymous letters.


  1. Marvin Lee Irvin: Ruth’s ex-husband, known for threats and violence. Charged in 1991 with the murders of Patricia and Crystal, later confessing to Micki’s murder. Suspected author of anonymous letters.

Results: Unresolved. Irvin pleaded guilty to the murders of Patricia and Crystal, and second-degree murder in Micki’s case. He is serving life without parole. Micki’s body remains undiscovered, despite Irvin’s confession and a search for her remains.

Note: Some details have been condensed for brevity.

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