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LaResha Walker & Her Mother Wanda Walker Disappear 17 Years Apart

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A neighbor of LaResha Deana Walker heard the 23-year-old woman arguing outside of her apartment on November 19, 1999. Who she was fighting with remains a mystery, but it’s reportedly the last time anyone heard from the young mother.

The day LaResha went missing seemed to be like any other normal day. The Peterbilt Motors Company employee took her two-year-old son to her sister’s house and after leaving him there, she was scheduled to get her car checked out by a mechanic the next morning in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. LaResha gave her father, Sidney Walker, a call that evening between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m., and sometime during the night, the neighbor reported that they heard LaResha and another person engaged in a verbal spat.

Wanda Walker, LaResha Walker

The next day, LaResha’s family members expected to hear from her, but their calls went unanswered. Her sister, LaKisha Chambers, went to LaResha’s apartment to find out what happened and arrived at a strange scene. A stereo was blasting music and the lights were still on in the home, but LaResha wasn’t there.

“The screen was locked and nothing seemed out of place,” LaKisha said. “Only thing was the music was really loud.” She reportedly just turned down the music, turned off the lights, and left the apartment. LaResha had only been living at that location for less than a month.

When another day passed without hearing from LaResha, her family decided to call the authorities. It was later learned that the clothes she was wearing on the last day she was seen were at her apartment, indicating that she came home at some point and changed her attire. Investigators also discovered that LaResha’s vehicle—a 1995, red, four-door Oldsmobile Achieva with the license plate 419-ABG—was missing, as well. It’s described as having a long scratch on the driver’s side, and as distinctive as the description is, the vehicle has never been located.

Rayvon Walker was just two-years-old when his mother went missing, but just a few years ago when he was 19, he spoke with WKRN news about his mom. “[My family] says she was very caring,” said Rayvon. “They said when she had me I was all she really cared about. I was her everything.”

As if this case couldn’t get any more perplexing, in 2016, LaResha’s 60-year-old mother, Wanda Faye Walker, also vanished from Nashville. On October 5, Wanda was set to work her shift at the Dollar Tree. She ran into some trouble on the road when her car—a Nissan Maxima—overheated, so Wanda called her boyfriend for help. He met up with her, put oil in her car, got everything up and running, and the two parted ways. However, Wanda Walker didn’t show up to work. No one has seen or heard from her since.

Wanda Walker, LaResha Walker

Eight days later, authorities located Wanda’s Nissan in an alleyway and residents in the area claimed that it had been sitting there for approximately one week. Investigators reportedly found Wanda’s purse in the vehicle along with traces of blood in the backseat.

“I just want to have my granny back and I want to see my mama again,” Rayvon said. “I just try to keep my head up.”

Authorities reportedly don’t believe that the mother and daughter’s cases are linked but some believe that LaResha was abducted.

At the time of her disappearance, LaResha Walker was described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and 195 pounds. She has black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Bother of her ears are pierced and she has a scar on the left side of her chest from heart surgery. LaResha is required to take heart medication but she didn’t take her prescription with her and may be in need of medical attention. It’s also reported that one of her upper front teeth has a cap and is trimmed in gold with an inscription of the letter “D.”

At the time of her disappearance, Wanda Walker was described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 pounds. Her hair was styled in a 1 to 2-inch, strawberry blonde afro. Wanda’s natural hair color is brown but she’d been dying it for a few years. Her eye color is brown.

Anyone with information about either case is urged to contact Nashville Metro police at 615-862-8600, Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463, or their local authorities.

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1990s

Arverne Jane Doe, Possibly A Teen, Found In New York In 1991

Two fishermen found her along Jamaica Bay. She had been beaten to death.

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Arverne Jane Doe 1991

Some of the most heartbreaking stories are about people who pass away or who have been murdered only to never be identified. Arverne Jane Doe was found on May 1, 1991, in Queens, New York along the shore of Jamaica Bay near Beach 62 Street in the neighborhood of Arverne. It’s reported that her state of decomposition was severe and an investigation revealed she’d been dead for at least a few months before she was located. A medical examiner determined Arverne Jane Doe had been beaten to death in either late 1990 or sometime in early 1991.

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