Tuesday marks 5 years since Nashville woman’s disappearance


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tuesday marks five years since a 60-year-old woman disappeared in Nashville.

On Oct. 5, 2016, Wanda Faye Walker did not report for work at the Dollar Tree on Franklin Pike. A week later, her car was found by Metro police near Wade Avenue.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the family has had to deal with a missing loved one. Walker’s daughter, Laresha Walker was reported missing nearly 22 years ago.

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Wanda Walker and Laresha Walker

On Tuesday morning, Metro police along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation teamed up in a renewed push for answers.

Lead Detective Matt Filter, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Foster, and members of the Walker family spoke to the public, asking someone to come forward to help solve the case.

The granddaughter and niece of the missing women said she is holding on to memories as their family endures years of pain.

“I remember one Christmas she bought me a beach towel and I was like ‘Granny a beach towel in December?’ But it’s those memories that I share and where I can laugh and I can think on when I’m having a rough day or when it’s hard to be able to process what my family has gone through,” explained Quontesa Chambers.

Investigators said Tuesday it is possible Wanda Walker was killed.

“There are other elements of this investigation, which I cannot discuss at this time. However, suffice it to say, I believe that Wanda Faye Walker was likely killed and I believe there are members in our community who have information that would be able to answer some of the questions we have,” said Lead Detective, Matt Filter/MNPD Homicide Cold Case Unit.

Metro police believed Laresha, a 23-year-old mother, was abducted. The FBI’s behavior analysis unit is now working on the case with Metro police.

“We haven’t heard anything. Her job hasn’t heard anything, none of her friends have heard anything. Nobody’s heard anything,” Wanda Walker told News 2 in November 1999.

Detectives have said there was nothing to indicate a connection between these two missing persons cases in the same family. If you know anything, call Metro Police or Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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