Stanley Louis Chism Jr.

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Above: Chism, circa 1988

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 5, 1988 from Orlando, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 14, 1964
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Red hair, blue eyes. Chism wears prescription eyeglasses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple plaid buttoned shirt and new Levi's blue jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Chism was last seen in Orlando, Florida on February 5, 1988. He left his home in the 7900 block of Albania Avenue and went to the Altamonte Mall, where he used the mall's phone to call his parents and girlfriend. His parents lived in Dayton, Ohio at the time; his girlfriend was in Irvine, Kentucky. He never arrived home and has never been heard from again.

    Harold Suggs was subsequently charged with stealing Chism's car, a Pontiac Grand Prix. He was seen in Starke, Florida, 130 miles northwest of Orlando, on the day after Chism's disappearance, driving a car matching the description of Chism's and wearing a jacket similar to one that belonged to Chism. Three weeks after Chism went missing, police found his car with Suggs inside it, and he tried to run when he saw them. Chism's eyeglasses, books and jacket were inside the car, and there was blood in the backseat. A radio, cassette player, citizen's band radio and radar detector were missing from the vehicle, and it had been driven about 2,000 miles since Chism had disappeared. Nearby in a dumpster were Chism's bloodstained shirt and other clothes, as well as a bloodstained crowbar. Chism's girlfriend's phone number and a bank deposit slip were in the shirt pocket, and DNA testing proved the blood was his.

    When questioned, Suggs at first claimed he lived with Chism and Chism had let him borrow the car, but when he was unable to provide an accurate address, he changed his story and said he'd met Chism at a bar in Orlando and they'd decided to get an apartment together. Suggs had no permanent address at the time of his arrest and he has used numerous aliases in the past. Police believe he murdered Chism, but he has never been charged in connection with his disappearance, and the auto theft charge was dropped after a key witness was unable to testify.

    Chism played piano in a local gospel group called Loretta Carter and the Sounds of Praise at the time of his disappearance. He was planning to leave Orlando in March 1988 and move back to Ohio to work with his father in a ministry. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange County Sheriff's Office
    407-254-7012

    OR
    407-836-4357

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    Source Information
    The Orlando Sentinel
    The South Florida Sun Sentinel
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    NamUs

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2017; casefile added.

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