Grandmother goes missing 17 years after daughter disappears

Wanda Faye Walker, left, and her daughter LaResha, right (Courtesy: The Walker family)
Wanda Faye Walker, left, and her daughter LaResha, right (Courtesy: The Walker family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – When LaResha Walker’s sister got to her home on Edwards Avenue in November 1999, things seemed normal.

“The screen was locked and nothing seemed out of place,” LaKisha Chambers said. “Only thing was the music was really loud.”

But inside Walker’s home there was no sign of the young mother. In fact, it seemed like she was at home one second and gone the very next.

LaResha Walker with her son (Courtesy: The Walker family)
LaResha Walker with her son (Courtesy: The Walker family)

Her family has searched for her ever since.

Walker’s son, Rayvon, was just two years old at the time. He is now 19.

“[My family] says she was very caring,” he said. “They said when she had me I was all she really cared about. I was her everything.”

Walker’s family told News 2 there was no indication she was having problems with anyone in her personal life or at work. As far as they knew, she wasn’t dating anyone at the time she disappeared either.

She was supposed to take her car to Smyrna to get a mechanical repair estimate, but her car was also missing from her home and has never been recovered.

LaResha Walker's car (Courtesy: The Walker family)
LaResha Walker’s car (Courtesy: The Walker family)

She had a Maroon 1995 Oldsmobile Achieva.

According to Metro police, Walker was likely the victim of abduction.

“I believe that is what happened. They went in there and took her because the way her home looked one second before she was kidnapped is the way it was the way police found it,” retired Det. Sgt. Pat Postiglione said. “All indications are she was a good mother and would not have left her son.”

Walker’s sisters said she was a private person and they did not know everyone she hung out with, but they were certain she would not put herself in a dangerous situation.

Wnada Faye Walker (Courtesy: The Walker family)
Wnada Faye Walker (Courtesy: The Walker family)

“Anyone who knew here knew she did not play,” Chambers said. “She would not go down without a fight.”

Walker’s disappearance was especially difficult for her parents, Wanda Faye and Sidney Walker.

“It sucks because there is no answer,” Sidney said. “My daughter has disappeared. She is just gone. No car, no her, no evidence, no nothing.”

The Walker family is now doubly in grief and fear because Walker’s own mother disappeared around Oct. 5 after not reporting for work that day at Dollar Tree on Franklin Pike.

Her Nissan Maxima was later found by police in the area of Wade Avenue on Oct. 13. The car was locked. Neighbors told police it had been in the area for about a week.

(Courtesy: The Walker family)
(Courtesy: The Walker family)

She was living in the 1400 block of 11th Avenue South with a relative when she disappeared.

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

The Walker family started a GoFundMe account to raise money for a reward in Wanda Faye’s disappearance.

If you have any information about either LaResha Walker or her mother Wanda Faye Walker’s disappearance contact Metro police at 615-862-8600. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.