It's been more than four years since Joanna Clark, 33, and her daughter Shariece, 15, vanished without a trace.
The mother and daughter disappeared on February 4, 2017, but at different times, from their apartment in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.
Police suspect foul play, but there have been no arrests.
Joanna's six younger children are now in the custody of their father, Dennis Queen. He was the last person to see Joanna and Shariece the day they disappeared. I interviewed Queen exclusively in 2017. He stated that he last saw his step-daughter, Shariece, leaving the apartment that afternoon. As for Joanna, Queen told me he recalls seeing her arrive at the apartment just after 11 p.m. but that "she was gone" when he woke up the next day.
Margaret Tucker doesn't believe Queen's version, and is convinced that he knows what happened to her daughter and granddaughter. Tucker shared new age-progressed renderings of Joanna and Shariece that were done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Although Tucker has mixed feelings about the images, she hopes they generate media attention and leads. I reached out to Margaret, who now lives in Virginia, below is part of our exchange.
What did you think when you first saw the age-progressed photos of Joanna and Shariece?
Margaret: "My first thoughts? I was pissed. I couldn't even look at them for hours. Plus, I denied it [getting the renderings done] for a year-and-a-half. I didn't want it done. They did it on their own."
Now that you have the renderings, and it's something new, will you be reaching out to the media to get coverage?
Margaret: "I think The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will be doing that."
Have you been able to see your grandchildren?
Margaret: "Dennis Michael Queen also known as 'Demo' told me we could get visits, but that I could get visits slowly. It's been two-and-a-half-years, and I haven't seen them at all."
How are you holding up?
Margaret: "My life is destroyed. I am homeless and trying to find a way to get a house big enough for my grandchildren. It's been four-and-a-half years [since they disappeared], and I cannot do it alone. I need help. If somebody could DONATE a house that would be great because right now I don't see no other way.
How is the rest of your family?
Margaret: "A lot of family members' lives are ruined."
Do you still hear from the detective in charge of the investigation?
Margaret: "Once in a blue moon. There's nothing new with the detective. I don't feel he's doing anything."
Shariece Clark turns 20 in November. Tucker urges anyone with information on Joanna and Shariece to call Baltimore PD at: (410)396-2525 or CrimeStoppers at 1 (866)- 7- LOCKUP.
Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer