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Christopher Dansby and Shane Walker

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Today I am discussing the disappearances of Christopher Dansby and Shane Walker from New York City in 1989. These incidents are so similar that putting them together just makes sense. Both were black, male, toddlers, taken from The Martin Luther King Jr. Park 3 months apart, around the same time of day, on the same day of the week. Not only that, but their families also lived in the same building of the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers just 2 floors apart from each other. And perhaps most chilling of all, both toddlers were last seen playing with the same set of children before they went missing.


Christopher Dansby went missing from The Martin Luther King Jr playground in New York City on May 18th, 1989, when he was just 2 years old. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, floral print shirt, blue jeans, and green and white sneakers. Christopher is a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He has a figure 8 scar on his thigh. He would be in his early 30’s now.

Shane Walker went missing from the same park on August 10th, 1989, when he was just 19 months old. He was last seen wearing a blue and white shirt, light blue pants, and white LA gear sneakers. Shane is a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his chin and a birthmark shaped like a liver on his shoulder. He would also be in his early 30’s now.


Anyone with information about the disappearance of either child is urged to contact the national center for missing and exploited children at 1800-843-5678 or the New York City Police Department at 212-694-7781.


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