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Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation and TV One to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.


Willie Charles Standberry Sr.

Case Type: Endangered

DOB: October 28, 1934

Missing Date: December 8, 2006

Age Now: 78

Missing City: East Cleveland

Missing State: Ohio

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Complexion: Medium

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Short

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Willie “Chuck” Standberry was last seen on Thursday, December 7, 2006, leaving a friend’s house at 7:15 p.m. near E. 89th and Grant. He was later believed to have been at the Shell Gas Station at E. 123rd and St. Clair.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. He was driving a 2001 Ford Focus, Hunter Green in color (pictured below) with Ohio Temporary tag M 123587 or License Plate EAU-8688.

Six years later, Standberry’s son, his namesake, is still feeling the pain of not knowing what happened to his father. His son wrote the following note on the Black and Missing Foundation’s Facebook page:

Today makes (six years) since your disappearance my emotions are running all over the place right now.  But (I)’m still looking for you or for answers. Won’t stop, can’t stop.  Love You Pops (A Broken Hearted Son).

This son’s note makes it clear how painful it is to have a loved one go missing. Six years later and the pain of not knowing what happened to his dad is as fresh as ever. That’s why it’s all of our jobs to help these suffering families if we can.

Last Seen Wearing: A baseball cap, beige jogging suit, and suede jacket.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Balding. He walks with a limp in his right leg.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Willie “Chuck” Standberry should call East Cleveland Police Department at (216) 451-1234  or contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.

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