Chipley Charles Sanders

Left and Right: Chipley circa, 1984


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: October 4, 1984

Missing From: Radcliff, Hardin County, Kentucky

Classification: Endangered Runaway

Date Of Birth: April 10, 1971

Age: 13 years old

Height and Weight: 5’5″ and 150 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: White Male, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, Chipley has a oblong and light colored birthmark on his back and over his left shoulder, he might use the birth name of “Chipley Dale Lay” and his nickname is “Chip”

NCMEC Number: 781869


Details of Disappearance

Chipley was last seen with a friend, James Bess, in Radcliff, Kentucky on October 4th 1984. They were staying in a boys’ group home in the 1300 block of 13th street at the time. The two boys ran away from the home and have never been seen again. Chipley had been adopted by a Radcliff couple along with one of his siblings in 1980. He was sent to live at the group home in 1983, a year before his disappearance. Him and James remain missing and their case unsolved. Their current whereabouts are unknown.


Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Ashland Police Department 606-327-2020


Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network

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