Name: LaQuanta Riley
Last seen: December 7, 2003
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Status: Still missing
19 year old LaQuanta Riley was last seen on December 7, 2003 in Montgomery, Alabama.
She was last seen at 11:30 pm leaving her residence in the 1500 block of Hill Street and getting into a dark green four door vehicle with an unknown number of individuals.
LaQuanta Nachelle Riley was born on February 26, 1984, to 16 year old Pam Riley. Because of Pam’s age, LaQuanta was raised by her aunt Katie Smith.
LaQuanta kept in close contact with her mother throughout the years, and had five younger siblings, the youngest of which was a sister who passed away in 1996.
She graduated from Redan High school in Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2002, and was planning to go into forensic science after receiving a full scholarship to college.
LaQuanta enjoyed music and cooking, played clarinet in school, and was described as bubbly and compassionate by her family.
In 2003, LaQuanta was living in Eufaula, Alabama with a roommate, until she decided to move out during the Thanksgiving season.
She returned to the apartment On December 5 to get her belongings. She called her mother later that day, asking her for a ride to Montgomery where her mother was living. Her mother was not able to get her at the time, so she made other arrangements and ended up moving in with her aunt and cousin in the 1500 block of Hill Street in Montgomery.
Two days later, on December 7, LaQuanta walked out of her home at 11:30 pm and got into a a four door, dark green vehicle described as being a Ford Taurus or Chevrolet Caprice.
She was then taken to her mother’s house three miles away, where she got out and met her brother at the door and asked him for a jacket.
Her brother asked who was driving the car since he had never seen it before. LaQuanta told him the driver was a friend she met from around the neighborhood. After getting her jacket she got back in the car and never returned home, leaving her purse and money behind.
Three days later her mother reported her missing.
Her family says it’s uncharacteristic of her to leave without any warning, and believe she is a victim of foul play. Her case remains unsolved.
Sometime between a few days and a few weeks after LaQuanta’s disappearance, her mother got a message on her answering machine which she believes was from her daughter. The message wasn’t clear and was hard to decipher; the caller said either “leave me alone” or “let me go home.” A man’s voice in the background said LaQuanta’s name, then the call was disconnected. It has never been traced.
Police found LaQuanta’s name being used to rent an apartment in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the same area where she graduated high school.
LaQuanta’s mother traveled to Stone Mountain and spoke to the resident of the apartment. The resident said LaQuanta had lived down the hall, and had recently asked to use his phone after getting into some sort of argument. The resident said she had moved out just a few days before her mother arrived.
After her disappearace, LaQuanta’s mother Pam formed the Riley Relief Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers support to families of missing children in Alabama.
LaQuanta is an African American female born on February 26, 1984. She has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5’8″ tall and weighs 200 pounds.
She has pierced ears, a pierced tongue, a scar on her nose, and a couple of tattoos; “RIP Mesha” tattooed on her left arm, and “LaQuanta” tattooed on her right arm.
She was last seen wearing a yellow and green Ecko shirt, stonewashed blue jeans, yellow and green Reebok sneakers, and a silver chain bracelet.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of LaQuanta Riley please contact the Montgomery Police Department at (334) 625-2810, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) THE-LOST.
A reward totaling $11,000 is being offered for information. The city of Montgomery is offering $5,000 for information in regards to LaQuanta’s disappearance, The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is also offering $5,000, and Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000.
Resources & Further Information
LaQuanta Riley: Missing But Not Forgotten – Facebook
LaQuanta Nachelle Riley – NamUs
Missing Teen’s Mysterious Case Puzzles Police – Our Black Girls
LaQuanta Nachelle Riley – The Charley Project
Missing: LaQuanta Nachelle Riley – Soapboxie
Keeping Hope Alive For Alabama’s Missing Kids – National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
The Disappearance of LaQuanta Riley – True Case Files
News & Media Links
15 Years Later, Mother of Missing Woman Still Searching For Answers – Alabama News 06/18
Family continues search for woman missing since 2003 – WSFA12 05/19
$11K reward offered for information about missing woman – Montgomery Advertiser 05/19
Search continues for teen who disappeared in Montgomery 15 years ago; $11,000 reward offered – AL.com 05/19
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