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Body found Saturday confirmed to be missing Metairie woman

Body found Saturday confirmed to be missing Metairie woman

A body that was recently discovered in Raceland has been confirmed to be that of a Metairie woman who had been missing since October 7, 2018. The body of Mia West, 43, was discovered near a sugar cane field on Saturday. Her car was also discovered nearby.

At around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, a farmer harvesting sugar cane in a field along LA Highway 307 located an abandoned car several hundred yards from the highway.

Investigators responded to the scene and identified the vehicle as a red Nissan Altima belonging to West. Detectives began conducting a search of the sugar cane field and wooded area near the car.

The Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management Unit responded and began conducting an extensive search of the area. Supported by a helicopter from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, her body was located at around 2 p.m. in a nearby wooded area.

An autopsy conducted on Monday, October 15 in Jefferson Parish confirmed it to be West’s body. Due to the condition of the body, the date and manner of death could not be determined. A toxicology test is pending.

The investigation is continuing, and detectives say neither suicide nor foul play has been ruled out as a possibility at this time.

Anyone who may have any information on this case is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.