Left and Center: Chris circa, 1987
Right: Age-Progressed to age 31
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 9, 1987
Missing From: Chino, San Bernardino County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: December 21, 1980
Age: 6 years old
Height and Weight: 4’2″ and 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Male, Brown/Black hair, Brown eyes, Chris suffers from a seizure disorder and requires medication to control it, he has a raised, spotted birthmark on his right wrist, and he was known to go by the nickname “BooBoo”
NCMEC Number: 846304
Details of Disappearance
Chris was last seen in Chino, California on July 9th 1987. He was in the company of his mother, Lesa Desiree Cunningham, at the time and they were driving a 1987 Toyota Tercel with temporary license plates. The two visited Lesa’s brother at his home in Pomona that day before they went shopping with a friend. The friend was later dropped off and the two were heading for Slater Bros. market on Riverside Drive and Yorba Avenue.
Chris and Lesa lived in an apartment on Yorba Avenue with her boyfriend at the time. They were supposed to return home between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm but they never arrived home. The two were never seen or heard from again afterwards. For two months, there was no trace of Lesa or her son. On September 9th 1987, Lesa’s vehicle was discovered abandoned in downtown San Diego, California. The cars stereo and speaker were both missing.
Investigators stated there was no signs of a struggle inside of the vehicle and no fingerprints could be found anywhere on it. While the possibility that Lesa voluntarily disappeared with her young son has been considered, this is considered unlikely. She had no history of leaving without warning and she never picked up her last pay check. She worked as a dental assistant in Pomona at the time. Lesa’s bank account was also never accessed after she vanished.
Chris and Lesa are considered missing under suspicious circumstances and it’s feared they met with foul play. Their disappearances remain unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chino Police Department 909-628-1234