North Little Rock, AR

Two Childhood Friends Vanished One Day Apart And DNA Confirms Leg Found In River Belongs To One

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Terkessa Wallace (left) and Shequenia Burnett (right)Facebook

36-year-old Shequenia Burnett and 34-year-old Terkessa Wallace were close childhood friends. The two women grew up together and shared years of their lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Shequenia's family describes her as a mother and well-rounded, talented sketch artist who adores her children.

"She feared God. She believed in God," her father Buford told THV11.

On January 15, 2014, Shequenia's mother called the North Little Rock Police Department to report her daughter missing. She told authorities no one had seen Shequenia since January 9, 2014.

The very next day, the family of Terkessa Wallace reported her missing. Terkessa was last seen on January 10, 2014, when she dropped her 5-year-old son off. She was driving her white 2009 Toyota Corolla.

Initially, reports THV11, their disappearances were not connected. After authorities subpoenaed their phone records, they realized the two women were communicating right before they vanished.

Detective Gary Jones told THV11 he believes Shequenia and Terkessa were together. "They were pinging off the same tower," Detective Jones told THV11.

According to phone records, the two called and texted up until their disappearances.

"Obviously it's strange. You begin to think, 'Is foul play involved? What could've happened? Where were they going? What was going on that night?' just trying to piece everything together," Detective Jones told THV11.

Then on December 5, 2015, a man fishing on the Arkansas River near the 7000 block of Rebsamen Park Road (Murray Lock and Dam) made a horrific discovery. The man found a human leg in his netting. DNA confirmed the leg belonged to Shequenia Burnett. The rest of her remains have never been found. Terkessa Wallace has never been located.

"To lose a child in this way is so heavy, and you feel so helpless, especially as a father," Shequenia's father, Buford, told THV11. "They took a mother, they took a daughter, she's a grandmother now."

Terkessa and her 2009 white Toyota Corolla have never been found.
Terkessa Wallace's 2009 Toyota CorollaThe Charley Project

"It took me years to stop chasing every white Toyota corolla that I saw," Terkessa's cousin Tracey Holmes told THV11. "Give me something, so I can know if I can hold on to a little bit of hope or if I need to be planning a service myself."

A Facebook page, Justice for Terkessa Wallace, states the following:

"On January 10, 2014, Terkessa Wallace vanished. She dropped off her then 5-year-old son to his grandmother's home in NLR and promised to pick him up later. She made one call to check up on him a few hours later and that was last time any family members were able to make contact with her. Terkessa has a 2009 white Toyota Corolla that has not been located either. We believe that she was in a friend's apartment in Shorter Garden before she went missing. We are asking that if anyone has information about her whereabouts or the people that were with her that night to please contact their local police department. There is a reward being offered for information leading to her whereabouts."

There is a $20,000 reward in the disappearance and murder of Shequenia Burnett and the disappearance of Terkessa Wallace.

Shequenia Burnett is 5'7" and weighed 180 pounds when she vanished.

Terkessa Wallace is 5'6" and weighed 195 pounds when she vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the North Little Rock Cold Case Division at (501) 812-2591.

Justice for Terkessa Wallace Facebook:

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