Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported no evidence of foul play has been discovered in the death of a Metairie woman whose body was found in Raceland. The body of Mia West, 43, was discovered near a sugar cane field on October 13, 2018.
West was reported missing in Jefferson Parish on October 7, 2018. Six days later, on October 13, a sugar cane farmer located an abandoned car in a field along LA Highway 307 in Raceland, and it was later determined to belong to West. 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, West’s body was located in a nearby wooded area. An autopsy conducted on Monday, October 15 in Jefferson Parish confirmed her identity, but the date and manner of her death could not be determined.
Investigators have not found any evidence of foul play in West’s death. Investigators have, however, discovered evidence that West may have committed suicide. This includes evidence recovered from West’s cell phone and interviews with friends and family.
The investigation into her death is continuing as detectives are still reviewing forensic evidence, medical reports, and tips. Anyone with any information on Mia West’s death is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. 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.