Real Name: Shane Anthony Walker
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Manhattan, New York
Date: August 10, 1989
Date of Birth: December 7, 1987
Weight: 23 pounds
Marital Status: Minor
Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. His hair was braided and pulled back into a ponytail at the time of his disappearance. He has a small scar under his chin.
Details: On August 10, 1989, one-year-old Shane Walker went with his mother, Rosa, to the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers playground at 113th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, Manhattan, New York. While she sat on a bench, a ten-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother came up and asked if they could play with Shane. She agreed and they went to play on a slide. An African-American man then approached her and began to talk to her about crime, kidnapping, and how "things happen to children". She was distracted briefly by him. When she looked back at the playground, Shane and the two other children were gone.
A few moments later, the two other children re-entered the park through a hole in the fence. They told Rosa that they had left Shane there. She immediately went with them to the police station to report him missing. The police questioned the children, along with the man who spoke with Rosa at the park. They looked into the possibility that someone from his family may have taken him, but that theory was ruled out.
Police soon discovered many similarities between Shane's disappearance and that of two-year-old Christopher Dansby, who vanished from the same area of the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers playground on May 18, 1989. Among the similarities between the two cases: both were African-American toddlers that lived in the same apartment building; both disappeared on the same day of the week (Thursday) in the late afternoon/early evening; and both played with the same two children shortly before their disappearances. Despite the similarities, police are not certain if both cases are related.
Suspects: Police are looking to question an unidentified man. He was described as African-American, nineteen to twenty-four years old (in 1989), 5'8 tall, wearing a yellow shirt and acid-washed jeans.
Police investigated the possibility that both cases were connected to a black market baby-ring operation. Another possible victim of it was Andre Bryant, who disappeared with his mother, Monique Rivera, on March 29, 1989. He, like Shane and Christopher, was also an African-American toddler.
Extra Notes: This case was first released on October 19, 2020 as a part of the second volume of the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.
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- Shane Walker on The Charley Project
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