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Missing Boy: Christopher Dansby - NY - 05/18/1989

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Christopher Milton Dansby

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Left: Dansby, circa 1989  Right: Age-progression at age 20 (circa 2007)

Missing Since: May 18, 1989 from New York City, New York

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

DOB: March 30, 1987

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 teh park and his mother could not find one in the vicinity.  It had apparently banished 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 sine 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


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Age-progressed to 20 years

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Christopher Dansby

DOB:  Mar 30, 1987

Missing:  May 18, 1989

Height:  2'6" (76 cm)

Eyes:  Brown

Race:  African American

Age at disappearance:  2

Sex:  Male

Weight:  30 lbs (14 kg)

Hair:  Black 

Missing From:

New York, New York

United States 

Christopher's photo is shown age-progressed to 20 years. He was last seen in a park located on 114th Street and Lenox Avenue. He has a birthmark shaped like a figure "8" on his neck.

Contact Information:

New York City Police Department (New York)


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Cold case: Toddlers vanish from park

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Shane Anthony Walker disappeared from the same playground three months later.

November 30, 2009

Philip Rosenbaum

(CNN) -- When Rosa Glover brought her 19-month-old son to a New York City playground in 1989, she had no idea tragedy was about to strike a second time in the same place.

In May 1989, 2-year-old Christopher Dansby disappeared from his grandmother's sight on that playground.

Not quite three months later, on a hot August day, Glover's son, Shane Walker, vanished.

As an intense search for both children generated media and public interest across the city, the New York Police Department pointed out other eerie similarities in the cases:

The boys were playing in the same area of the park when they disappeared -- Walker at 5 p.m. on a Thursday, Dansby at 7 p.m. on a Thursday.

Moments before they went missing, the boys were playing with the same children -- a 10-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother, according to news reports.

In addition, Walker and Dansby lived in the same apartment building in a nearby housing project in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood.

"That's a hell of a coincidence,'' says Ron Jones, a senior case manager with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a nationwide clearinghouse and advocacy group.

Jones, assigned to the Walker and Dansby cases from the start, says leads still come into his office fairly often and he relays them to the New York City police.

"People who think they might have seen Shane call us up with a tip,'' he says. "They might be going with the age-enhanced photo.''

According to his mother, Shane was sitting on a bench with her and eating potato chips when the children approached and asked if he could play.

"So I said, 'He's young.' And they said, 'We don't mind,' '' Glover recalls.

While the three children played near the slide, Glover says, a man sat near her and started talking about crime, about how things happen to children. He even mentioned kidnapping. He showed Glover scars he said he had gotten in fights.

"I turned my head to look at all the scars on his body," she says. "When I turned back, I didn't see my son.''

The children Shane was playing with were not around, either. "I started walking around the park, hollering and screaming.''

The next thing Glover remembers is seeing the same two children re-enter the park through a hole in a wire fence.

"I said, 'Where's my son?' " The boy and girl said they left him in the park. Glover took the children to the police station. They were let go after extensive questioning.

Police searched and questioned Glover and her relatives. "They thought maybe a family member took him out of the park,'' Glover said, adding that police also interviewed the man with the scars and released him.

Abduction by a stranger is rare, says Sarah White, a case manager with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, a state-run law enforcement support agency.

By far, most missing people cases are non-custodial parental kidnappings and runaways, White says.

Like Shane Walker, Christopher Dansby has never been found.

The Walker case is still active, according to Detective Cheryl Crispin, a New York Police Department spokesperson. The NYPD declined repeated requests for an interview or more details.

One lead in the days after Shane's disappearance was especially unnerving. Glover says she received a phone call saying her son was buried in an abandoned building. Police investigated and found nothing. To this day, Glover, 57, believes Shane, her only child, is alive. He would be 21.

"I just hope and pray that one day I see him,'' she says, speculating that by now he might have kids of his own.

"I would give him a hug and kiss and we'd go somewhere -- to Florida, anywhere -- just to get away, just to be with him.''

Glover and Shane's father still live in the neighborhood but left the apartment building years ago. Glover avoids walking past the playground.

"Every time I come in the area I start crying and feel depressed,'' she says. Police initially speculated, she says, that Shane might have been kidnapped and sold on the black market.

Some years ago, Glover appeared on "The Montel Williams Show," where a psychic told her Shane was being raised by a wealthy family. Glover brought a photograph of Shane and some of his toys to the show so the psychic could touch them. She said he ''was well taken care of and he was learning the piano,'' Glover recalls.

Though her time with him was short, Glover is comforted by memories of her young son. "He smiled all the time. He only laughed when tickled. ''He liked teddy bears and monkeys."

For a short time, Shane and his parents had a pet chimpanzee named James. The toddler enjoyed sticking bananas in the cage for James to eat.

Glover also recalls a trip they took to Disney World in Florida shortly before Shane went missing. He loved the rides, she says, but was afraid of Mickey Mouse. "He would just holler and scream. I had to carry him all around the park.''

Shane's recollections of her might be dim because he was so young when he disappeared, she says. Still, when she became ill a few years ago, Glover felt driven to hang on.

"I was praying that I survive so I could see him when they find him.''

If you have any tips about this case, please call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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Christopher has now been missing over 22 years.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones. 

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Christopher is still missing.


New York City Police Department (New York)


1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

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