Home » Taranika Raymond, 13: Last Seen In New Orleans Home
How could Taranika Raymond vanish nearly three decades ago without a trace? Police reportedly believe that the 13-year-old left of her own accord. In other words, authorities have treated this case as if Taranika is a runaway. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information readily available about Taranika or the circumstances involving her disappearance. For her to be so young, it is troubling that more hasn’t been shared about the teen.
To begin, there is some discrepancy about when Taranika actually went missing. Some agencies list the date as November 10, 1995, while others note November 13. Either way, Taranika was last seen at her New Orleans home on North Derbigny Street around 10:00 p.m. Two hours later, her mother decided to check on her. It was then that Taranika’s mom noticed she wasn’t home.
According to reports, the teen was as normal as any other kid her age. It was also stated she received good grades and liked bingo, skating, sports, and singing. Who she spent time with or her social circles have not been mentioned in any reports. It is unknown if Taranika had any contact with anyone before vanishing. It is also unclear if any personal items were missing along with her. The status of the investigation and whether or not New Orleans detectives recovered any evidence or information tied to the case is also a mystery.
At the time of her disappearance, Taranika Raymond stood 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 165 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Her ears are pierced and she has a dimple in her left cheek. It’s reported that Taranika’s DNA is available, but her fingerprints and dental work are not. What she was last wearing before her disappearance is unknown.
However, it is known that Taranika was wearing gold apple earrings with the word “Tara,” a gold apple ring with the word “Tara,” and a gold medallion ring with the words “Tara” and “Betty.” Her middle name is “Nichelle.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the New Orleans Police Department at (504) 658-5315 or their local authorities. The agency case number is A3569697.
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