NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have renewed their call for tips and information in the cold case disappearance of Wanda Faye Walker, who was last seen on October 5, 2016.
MNPD lead detective Matt Filter and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Foster, along with members of Walker's family, held a news conference Tuesday in hopes of getting answers.
After the FBI pledged an additional $10,000, the reward for information leading to an arrest is now at $11,000.
Quantesa Chambers, Wanda’s granddaughter, describes her “granny” as the rock of their family. Says it’s been hard over the last five years without any closure.— Chris Davis NC5 (@ChrisDavisMMJ) October 5, 2021
“We are depending on the community for answers,” she says. pic.twitter.com/GHnWPllwUT
Walker was last seen at her home on 11th Avenue S. She didn't show up to work, and her locked car was found later on Wade Avenue. Inside the car, investigators found a significant amount of her blood. She was 60 years old when she disappeared.
"We definitely miss having her around. Her smile, her laugh," Walker's granddaughter, Quantesa Chambers, said on Tuesday. "If you or anyone out there know or have any information regarding to what happened to my grandmother, standing on behalf of the family, we would love for you guys to share that information with us."
Walker was a retired Metro Schools teacher and worked part-time at the Dollar Tree, but was a full-time loving grandmother. "My granny was - you know - the rock of our family," said Chambers. "Closure for us is everything."
This isn't the first time something like this has happened to the Walker family. Laresha Walker, Wanda's daughter, has been missing for 22 years. Laresha also went by the name Deana. She was last seen on November 19, 1999. She told her family she was going to Murfreesboro to get her car appraised, and was never seen again.
"It was like, something's not right," Lakesha Chambers said in a 2019 interview with NewsChannel 5. "I just hope and pray we find closure, some kind of way."
The #FBI offers a reward of up to $10,000 for info leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the disappearance of Wanda Faye Walker, last seen leaving her residence in the 1400 block of 11th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, on Oct. 4, 2016: https://t.co/JBfSA28hXN pic.twitter.com/9xwQHru0UW— FBI Most Wanted (@FBIMostWanted) October 5, 2021
If you know anything about the disappearance of Wanda Faye Walker or her daughter, call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
Watch the full briefing below: