The last known sighting of missing Las Vegas woman Irma Mkrtchyan was on Jan. 19 in the Southwest part of Las Vegas near Desert Inn Road and Durango Drive.
On that day, a Sunday, according to her ex-husband Ara Mkrtchyan, the Farmer’s Insurance agent had gone to meet a client at 7:30 p.m.
She didn’t return on Sunday evening to the home they shared and he claims that that he received a text from her the next day that said she was going out of town on business and would not be back until Friday. Her text message said that her cell phone battery had died and told him where he could find her car.
Her employer also received a text message. That text message said that she had a family emergency.
Although the text messages were sent from the missing woman’s phone there is speculation that someone other than Mkrtchyan sent them.
Davit Mkrtchyan, Irma’s brother, flew in from New York because he was concerned when he could not reach his sister. He said in the type of business she was in her phone served as her lifeline. He assisted in the search and grimly concluded that his sister was dead and pushed for the investigation to be officially classified as a homicide.
In mid March, the Las Vegas homicide division took over the case.
Irma Mkrtchyan has an adult son and daughter who have been relatively quiet about their mother’s disappearance.
Her ex-husband Ara Mkrtchyan, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, readily acknowledged that he is a suspect and says that he failed a lie detector test even though he said he told he truth and indicated that he’s being targeted because he is her ex-husband.
He also said that personal items of his were confiscated by police along with over $70,000 in cash.
Anyone with information about Irma Mkrtchyan is encouraged to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s Missing Person’s Detail at 702-828-2907 or 702- 828-3111.
To remain anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or visit crimestoppersofnv.com.