Charges filed in Tiairra Garcia disappearance

Manslaughter charges have been filed against a suspect in the 2008 disappearance of Tiairra Jo Garcia, nine months after she disappeared. The suspect is her boyfriend, Marnicus Antonio Lockhard. He supposedly shot her by accident and let her die without getting medical help. The coroner has issued a death certificate for her.

There are three other suspects in Tiairra’s presumed death: Ashone Mikah Hollinquest, Verla Nicole Spencer and Andrea Rachel Parr. The three of them, and Lockhard as well, were already facing charges of kidnapping Tiairra, and it’s possible they may be charged in her death as well. The cops think her body is on Mount Rainier, buried under a dozen feet of snow.

Why women date dirtbags like Lockhard, I don’t know. The guy is violent, he was reportedly abusive to Tiairra, he carried a gun, he had warrants out for him in two states and he has a criminal record a mile long. Surely she could have done better than that.

Reading about all these women who are victimized by their partners, I feel lucky that my boyfriend treats me well and has never been abusive towards me. He would NEVER hurt me and even if he did injure me accidentally, he could go through hell and high water to get help for me. But I shouldn’t be lucky to have a boyfriend like that. It should come automatically.

More articles:
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tri-City Herald
The Tacoma News Tribune

3 thoughts on “Charges filed in Tiairra Garcia disappearance

  1. Aimee March 26, 2009 / 5:03 pm

    With friends like Tiarra seems to have had, she didn’t need any enemies.

  2. ELIMIRKELSkennewick August 20, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    you dumb ignorant piece of DIRT, you have no idea how this girl grew up, she didn’t have the luxuries I’m sure you spoiled pathetic low lives have always had. Sometimes she didn’t even have electricity, in the winter, and summer, and it wasn’t her fault. Since 6th grade she was one of my few best friends and she was truly one of the good hearted, un-selfish, considerate, trustworthy people that i have ever met. And I feel blessed to have known her. Her family didn’t have money, she is half black, half Mexican, and ended up dating ONE wrong guy. She wasn’t asking for this, that’s what i feel you other writers are insinuating This girl wouldn’t even always stay the night at my birthday slumber parties, because she was worried about her mother, and instead of having fun, and being care-free like a 12, 13, 14, 15,16 year old should she had her priorities straight and felt responsible to be there for her mom, she felt guilty to be gone from home too long. A LOT ALOT of other girls i knew/ know with money and luxuries don’t give a BLEEP about family, or being trustworthy, and have absolutely no morals AT ALL. To the so called “author” of this page of evil words, i cant even call it a story, your mother and father should be ashamed of you for being so heartless and being a discriminating racist. May God forgive you and I hope you get a conscience one of these day cause heaven forbid this happen to someone you love. Cause I and many other people from our middle school, high school, and anyone that really knew Tiara LOVE/LOVED her. She will always be a light to us. And i hope you think about the hurt you can cause with your words.

  3. Justin July 25, 2014 / 1:24 am

    Pasco’s Tiairra Jo Garcia’s remains found at Rainier
    By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer
    July 21, 2009

    After 13 months of waiting and wondering, Donna Garcia finally is able to make funeral plans for her 19-year-old daughter.

    The Pasco woman learned Saturday that remains believed to be her daughter were recovered in a remote area of Mount Rainier National Park south of Enumclaw.

    “It helps a lot. It helps a lot that she was found because that was a big weight on me,” Garcia said. “I think just seeing her will be enough closure.”

    Tiairra Jo Garcia went missing June 22, 2008, after she went out for the night with her boyfriend, Marnicus Lockhard, and his friend, Ashone Hollinquest.

    She never returned home. Donna Garcia always feared the worst and her suspicions were confirmed when Lockhard and Hollinquest were charged with Garcia’s death.

    Lockhard accidentally shot Garcia while they were riding in a van, but instead of taking her to the hospital for treatment he let her die, authorities said. Her body was then stuffed into a suitcase and taken to the national park and dumped.

    Pasco detectives have made several trips to the national park searching for Garcia, said Capt. Jim Raymond. They went in the fall before snow covered the area, then had to wait until last month when the snow cleared.

    Investigators searched last month with directions Lockhard gave as part of a plea bargain but failed to find Garcia. Hollinquest also accompanied investigators to try to pinpoint an area to search, Raymond said. Neither man was with investigators Saturday, he said.

    Pasco police, the King County Sheriff’s Office and King County Search and Rescue started searching around 8 a.m. Remains believed to be Garcia’s were found before 10 a.m. by a search dog, Raymond said.

    The remains were found in a long tree-lined ravine off Highway 410 near Enumclaw.

    Sgt. John Urquhart, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, said the search and rescue group was primarily made up of civilians who are called out for rescues or evidence searches. When the group is activated, there usually are 20 to 40 searchers called out.

    The area where the remains were found is “very, very heavily wooded, with lots of underbrush,” Urquhart said.

    “There were some of the Green River (killer) victims found in the general area — along Highway 410,” he said. “That’s neither here nor there, but it shows the rural character of the highway.”

    The remains still have to be positively identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, but Raymond said, “There’s enough indication during the search that leads us to believe it’s going to be her.”

    Lockhard, 30, was sentenced to eight years in prison after entering an Alford plea of guilty to second-degree manslaughter with a firearm allegation and unlawful possession of a gun. He denied committing the crime but said he believed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

    He had been charged with first-degree manslaughter in Franklin County Superior Court.

    Hollinquest has been sentenced to one year in jail for second-degree manslaughter. He got a reduced sentence for cooperating with authorities and agreeing to testify against Lockhard.

    Donna Garcia said she’s hoping her daughter’s remains will be positively identified and returned to Pasco by next week. She plans a Rosary and service but hasn’t set a date yet. The memorial service will be open to the public, she said.

    “I’m just thanking God for finding my daughter,” she said. “I’m just so grateful. … As bad as it seems that he put her in a suitcase, it was good fortune for me. If it was just her out there, I probably wouldn’t have ever found her. … I could have never had closure.”

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