Home » LaResha Walker & Her Mother Wanda Disappear 17 Years Apart
A neighbor of LaResha Deana Walker listened to the 23-year-old woman arguing outside her apartment on November 19, 1999. Who she was fighting with remains a mystery, but it’s the last time anyone heard from the young mother.
The day LaResha went missing seemed to be like any other. 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 inspected by a mechanic the following day 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.
Waiting For LaResha
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 turned down the music, shut 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 wore 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 license plate 419-ABG—was also missing. 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.
A Son’s Plea
Rayvon Walker was just two years old when his mother went missing, but 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 didn’t show up to work. No one has seen or heard from her since.
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 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 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds. She has black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Both 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 require medical attention. It’s also reported that one of her upper front teeth has a cap trimmed in gold with an inscription of the letter “D.”
What To Know
At the time of her disappearance, Wanda Walker was described as 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 coloring 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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