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Family provides new clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan

Posted: 10:58 PM, Nov 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-18 01:31:11Z
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan
New clues in search for missing Irma Mkrtchyan

There are new clues and a possible theory where missing mother Irma Mkrtchyan ended up nearly 5 years after she mysteriously texted her family and then vanished.

"Since Irma disappeared, we have been very active in looking for her," said Ara Marutyan, Irma's ex-husband.

Marutyan became suspicious after Irma sent him a strange string of messages in January 2014 in which she said she was heading to California for business.

Irma instructed she would leave her vehicle at an apartment complex in west Las Vegas with the keys behind the door of the gas tank lid.

She ended the text message with "sorry," according to Marutyan.

RELATED: COLD CASE: WHAT HAPPENED TO IRMA MKRTCHYAN

Marutyan began his own investigation and reviewed phone records. Marutyan says the records revealed Irma was using a second phone and was texting and calling two main numbers.

One of those numbers, Marutyan says, was a counseling center on East Sahara.

Marutyan says an employee there said Irma had a drug addiction problem and she was referred to a center in California.

Marutyan also learned from Irma's phone records that she was involved in some sort of religious group which had deadly aspirations.

"The only way to be close to God is to leave all of your material belongings and ultimately commit suicide," said Arthur Marutyan, Irma's son about the religious group's creed.

READ: ARTHUR MARUTYAN'S 2014 OPEN LETTER ABOUT DISAPPEARANCE

A month before Irma vanished, her family says she asked about Baja California, Mexico, and it was perhaps a destination she was heading toward.

Marutyan says police were told this information but the investigation centered around the family home which included 3 searches, nearly $100,000 in cash was seized, wiretaps, and a lie detector.

Marutyan says police left him with an ominous warning.

"The last thing that they told us if Irma tomorrow comes back, it is no longer a missing person case," Marutyan said.

"She is going to face the consequences about what happened," he added.

In the years since the disappearance, the family has been involved in a nasty fight between police, Irma's brother Davit Mkrtchyan over the cash and property seized during the investigation.

READ: MARUTYAN VS. LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Las Vegas police have agreed to sit down with 13 Action News about the facts in the case but has postponed the interview for December.

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