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Christopher Milton Dansby

Top 2 pictures: Dansby, circa 1989 

Bottom picture: Age-progression at age 20 (circa 2007)

Vital Statistics of Disappearance 

Missing Since: May 18, 1989 from New York City, New York
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Age at Missing: 2 years old
Height and Weight: 2’6″, 30 lbs
Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Dansby has a birthmark shaped like a figure eight (“8″) on his back. He has a burn scar on his thigh.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue jacket, a floral print shirt, blue jeans and green and white sneakers.

Details of Disappearance

Dansby was last seen at the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers playground located at 113th Street and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem area of New York City, New York on May 18, 1989. His mother had been with him in the park and decided to go to the store for food, but she did not have Dansby’s stroller with her so she left him in the care of several relatives at the park.

When Dansby’s mother returned half an hour alter, he was gone. The relatives told Dansby’s mother that they had seen him playing with a red ball. Dansby had not brought a red ball to the park and his mother could not find one in the vicinity. It had apparently vanished along with her son. A seven-year-old boy from Dansby’s neighborhood told authorities he saw Dansby walking on west 111th Street later in the day. According to the witness, Dansby was accompanied by an unidentified African-American male with braided hair. Dansby has never been seen again.

Investigators do not believe that Dansby’s case is related to the disappearance of Shane Walker, who lived in the same apartment building and vanished from the same playground in August 1989, three months after Dansby was last seen. Authorities investigated the possibility that the cases were connected to a black market baby-ring operation aand the abductions of six-week-old Andre Bryant from Brooklyn in March 1989 and three-week-old Carlina White from Harlem in 1987 were other victims. All of the children are African-American. Police have since concluded that Dansby and Walker were most likely abducted by unrelated suspects, but all four cases remain unsolved and it is unclear what happened to any of the missing children.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New York Housing Police Department Squad 28
212-876-7100

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