BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - How does someone just vanish without a trace and how, after half-a-dozen years, has there been no word on what may have happened?
There are lots of questions surrounding the case of Tameka Anderson. Her family knows the answers are out there.
"She would not leave her children," said Frankie Smith, the victim's aunt. "I'm going to tell you that now. She loved her kids."
What nobody knows are the exact details surrounding her disappearance. The last place she was seen was along Wooddale Boulevard in Baton Rouge back on Feb. 23, 2010.
"She came to this credit union here to withdraw money," Det. Lindsey Keller with the Baton Rouge Police Department said. "She told family and friends she was in route to Galvez with an acquaintance to purchase a vehicle."
After that, there was nothing. Her family believes that acquaintance never had any plans to help her buy that car.
"I believe it was a setup. They knew she got her income tax. She told them how much money she had. Someone saw something that morning. Someone saw Tameka get into a car as she left her house that morning. But nobody is talking," Smith added.
The frustration is palpable, but so is the passion from this family that wants nothing more than to solve this mystery. They all know though that it's going to take some change.
"We all see things going on and feel like we have to stick to some street code," Quinton Anderson, the victim's brother, said. "But for me, that's out the window."
The major problem relatives have run into over the years is the silence. David Smith, the victim's uncle, said it's well beyond time for a change.
"With the silence in the communities, the abductions, shootings and robberies, we'll never have a better community if we don't communicate with each other," he explained.
A better community. Imagine that for your children. Imagine that for her children. She had two.
"The 11-year-old saw his mother that morning. Here, six years later and he's 17 now," Frankie Smith said.
That's a long time to grow up without a mother. Her oldest son, Malik Georgetown, certainly remembers that morning, though.
"She woke me up," he said. "She would sleep with (my little brother) on her chest. It was time for me to go to school. Last thing she told me was lock the door. That was the last thing she told me."
That's a long time with no answers. Her family says the boys feel like nobody cares. For big brother, his role of teacher has been very important.
"I teach him who his mom is. He didn't know her. Every chance I get, I ask, 'You know who this is?' 'That's my mama,' he says," Georgetown added.
Finding out what really happened has been this family's mission for half-a-dozen years. Her uncle, David Smith, remembers those first few days, weeks and months.
"We put out flyers. We went to different areas of the city, on the outskirts of different parishes. No one was talking," David Smith said.
Sound familiar? Her brother says it's time to step up and speak up.
"It's time for a change. The only way that happens is if we all work together to make this stuff work. If not, it's going to keep on happening. When it happens to you, it's going to be too late," Quinton Anderson explained.
As for her oldest son, he'd like just one question answered please, if it's not too much trouble.
"Why? That's all. Why?"
Six years of not knowing. Six years without a mom he called his best friend. Six years of silence. Times up.