Shane Anthony Walker

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Left and Center: Shane, circa 1989;
Right: Age-progression to age 23 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 10, 1989 from Manhattan, New York
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: December 7, 1987
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 23 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Shane's hair was braided and pulled back into a ponytail at the time he disappeared; he frequently wore that style in 1989. He has a small scar under his chin.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue and white shirt, light blue pants and white LA Gear sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shane was last seen at the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers playground located at 113th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem in the New York borough of Manhattan on August 10, 1989. He was accompanied by his mother, who gave him permission to play with two other children while she sat on a bench. A man approached her and began a conversation with her, and Shane's mother became distracted. When she turned back to look for her son, he was gone. The two children who were playing with him, a ten-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother, were missing too. The two children re-entered the park through a hole in the fence a short time later. They told Shane's mother they'd left him in the park. The police questioned the children extensively, and also interviewed the man who spoke to Shane's mother. They looked into the possibility that Shane was taken by a member of his own family, but concluded he had probably been abducted by a non-relative. He has never been heard from again.

    Shane's case shares striking similiaries with the disappearance of Christopher Dansby, who disappeared from the same playground in May 1989, three months before Shane did. Both boys were African-American toddlers and lived in the same apartment building. Both disappeared on the same day of the week (Thursday) at roughly the same time (Shane at 5:00 p.m., Christopher at 7:00 p.m.) In addition, just before his disappearance, Christopher was playing the same two children who were with Shane when he was last seen. Police still aren't sure whether the cases are related, however.

    Authorities investigated the possibility that the boys' cases were connected to a black market baby-ring operation and that the infant Andre Bryant, who was abducted from Brooklyn in March 1989 was possibly another victim. All of the children are African-American.

    Shane's parents both still live in the same neighborhood he disappeared from, and his mother hopes he is still alive and will return to her. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department
    646-610-6914

    OR
    New York Housing Police Department
    212-410-8500

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    New York City Police Department
    America's Most Wanted
    The New York Daily News
    Newsday
    CNN

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 26, 2011; age-progression updated.

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