The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office on Thursday charged Joshua Anthony Allen, 34, and Vanessa Mae Davis, 20, both of North Wilkesboro, with one count each of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the death of Renee Ann Walker of Wilkesboro.
Walker was reported missing to the Wilkesboro Police Department on July 9, 2020, by her grandmother, Dare Miller. A sheriff’s office press release said Walker, 26 when reported missing, was last seen at the Quality Inn in Wilkesboro in June 2020.
The press release refers to investigators locating human remains on North Ridge Road, Roaring River, in December 2020. The remains were sent to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for an autopsy.
Law enforcement officers said earlier that they believe the remains are those of Walker, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet in the autopsy. The press release said the autopsy determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound.
The press release said that during the investigation, it was learned Allen and Davis had planned to rob Walker of her Quality Inn room key to gain access to her room.
The case has been jointly investigated by the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, Wilkesboro Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation and Sparta Police Department.
In December 2020, the Sparta Police Department charged Allen with murder of Kadejuia Nichole Hamilton, 26, originally from Wilkes County but living in Sparta when she was reported missing in October. Authorities believe she died in October and her body was found in Roaring River that month.
In January, the Sparta Police Department charged Davis with accessory after the fact to murder in Hamilton’s death.
A warrant charging Davis said there was probable cause that she knew Allen took Hamilton’s life and that she helped him attempt to escape arrest and punishment by moving and concealing Hamilton's body. The Sparta Police Department also charged Davis with abducting Hamilton's young son from Hamilton.
Allen was already in the Alleghany County Jail and Davis was already in the Ashe County Jail on charges in Hamilton’s death when they were charged in connection with Walker’s death on Thursday.