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Missing Rebecca Elizabeth West
Rebecca, circa 1991; Age progression forensics photo to age 31 (circa 2010); Iryll "Nicki" Wood
Missing Since 10/21/1991
Classification Non-Family Abduction
Date of Birth Used 09/17/1979 (41)
Age 12 years old
Height and Weight 4'7, 90 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A black shirt, black pants and black shoes.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Rebecca's nickname is Becky. Her ears are pierced.
Searchers discovered Wood's body under a pile of burning pine needles only two hours after the girls' disappearances were reported to authorities. She had been strangled. Her remains were located in the Seven Mile area near Riverside State Park, north of Spokane. There was no evidence of Rebecca's whereabouts at the scene.
Michael W. Tarbert resided in a cabin near the location of Wood's body in 1991, and he knew Wood's mother. He was an admitted alcoholic and drug addict and had been in trouble with the law several times before. He said he'd given the girls a ride home from a neighborhood store on the day they were abducted, but he dropped them off safe a block from Wood's home and had nothing to do with their disappearances.
Bloodhounds tracked Tarbert's scent from his cabin to where Wood's body was found, and they also smelled the two girls' scents at his cabin. Authorities discovered he was wanted on unrelated charges; his middle-aged former landlady said he had sexually assaulted her in a secluded area not far from where Wood's body was later found, and also stolen $400 from her purse.
He was arrested the day after the two girls' disappearances, but authorities lacked the evidence to file charges against him in their cases. Tarbert was convicted of first-degree rape and theft in his landlady's case in 1992 and sentenced to eleven years in prison.
Tarbert entered a no contest plea to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in May 1998, four days before his trial was scheduled to begin. He maintains his innocence and said he only took the plea deal to avoid a possible first-degree murder conviction and life sentence. Tarbert was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the girls' homicides.
Rebecca's remains have never been located.
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