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Bonita Karen Sanders
Bonita Karen Sanders
Bonita Karen Sanders
Bonita Karen Sanders
Bonita Karen Sanders, age-progressed to 19 years
Police Sketch
- Circa 1986 -
Age-progressed to 19 years

MISSING since September 14, 1986 from Atlantic City, New Jersey

Police Case #114-86
NCIC Case #M-106963744
NCMEC Case #NCMC601887

Classification:
Non-Family Abduction
Hair Color:
Black
Age Missing:
1
Eye Color:
Brown
Gender:
Female
Height:
2'0" - 2'6"
Race:
African-American
Weight:
20 - 30 lbs.
Date of Birth:
September 17, 1984
Alias/Nickname:
Nita

Identifying Characteristics:
She has an abdominal hernia scar. She has a scar on the joint of her left wrist. One of her hands is slightly deformed and curves inwards. She is left-handed.
Clothing/Jewelry:
A short-sleeved yellow shirt, blue pants, and blue and white sandals.
Circumstances of Disappearance:
Bonita Sanders (mother)Unknown.  Her photo is shown age-progressed to 19 years. She was last seen strapped in her stroller on the porch of her mother's Baltic Avenue home. Inside, her mother, also named Bonita Sanders (photo at right), cooked dinner as her other children played in a nearby lot. Ms. Sanders told police that she looked outside and the stroller was empty. Sanders allegedly walked out of a hospital and abandoned Bonita when she was born. A month after Bonita’s disappearance, Sanders abandoned a baby boy. In January 1987, she was sentenced to nine months in jail for endangering the welfare of a child; her three children were placed in other homes. At sentencing, a prosecutor said Sanders lied during their investigation into Bonita's disappearance, changed stories, provided false leads and never inquired about the investigation. Sanders' father was seeking custody of her when she disappeared.  Due to the circumstances, foul play is suspected.  Bonita’s whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency/Contact:

New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit: 1-800-709-7090
Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

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