More than 30 years have passed but Laverne Wilson and her children are still seeking answers about the disappearance and murder of their daughter and sister.

In 1979, 14-year-old Carla Tucker, left home to go to the grocery store in Detroit and never returned.

“I remember looking out the window seeing her turn left and I never saw again,” said Horace Tucker, Carla’s younger brother. “The pain and the loneliness our family endured over the years.”

Carla’s body was discovered 13 years ago in a 55-gallon drum encased in concrete by workers in a Carleton landfill. But she wasn’t identified until last February after Laverne Wilson and her youngest daughter Stephanie Tucker-Lwanga decided to give DNA samples through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Carla’s killer still hasn’t been found, but the family hasn’t given up hope that her killer will be found and brought to justice.

At a press conference Tuesday, Crime Stoppers of Michigan, announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information on Carla’s disappearance.

“I just want to know, why would someone kill her in this manner and discard her like a piece of trash,” Wilson said. “I hope someone that knows something, feels guilty or remorse and turns themselves in.”

When Carla first went missing, her parents hired a private investigator. After two years of searching, nothing came up. The crime preceded the days of Amber Alerts and DNA testing.

“No one knows what to expect or how to act when you have a family member that goes missing,” Horace Tucker said. “You try to act normal, but what is normal?”

On Christmas Eve, Wilson and her children plan to visit Carla’s grave in Monroe .

“I don’t want Carla’s death to be in vain. I know with holding this press conference, we will touch someone,” said Stephanie Tucker-Lwanga. “I know the younger generation talks about no snitching, but that is not our policy. Come forward if you know something. All we want is closure.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

(313) 222-1855

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