Left: Kelly circa, 1980
Right: Age Progressed to age 41
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 8, 1980
Missing From: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: July 28, 1973
Age: 6 years old
Height and Weight: 3’0″ and 42 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Female, Black hair, Brown eyes, Kelly has a birthmark on the left portion of her chest
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown/white striped cap, a brown scarf, a red plaid coat, blue jeans and blue rubber boots
NCMEC Number: 601910
Details of Disappearance
Kelly Juanita Staples was last seen as she walked to her elementary school on January 8th 1980 in Chicago, Illinois. The school was located in the area of 73rd and Merrill. She was last seen in the morning hours.
In 1992, a serial killer confessed to abducting and murdering Kelly and several other women and missing girls. It was later found out that his confession was false and he is not a suspect in Kelly’s disappearance.
Little information is available regarding her disappearance but authorities suspect that Kelly was abducted by a non family member while walking to school. Her case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chicago Police Department 312-744-8385
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children