March for the Missing

By Sarah Huffman

Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Sarah Huffman
Family members and friends of Andy Chapman, Danny Fout, and John Sigman participate in the first Andy Chapman March for the Missing event, which took place on June 8 in the Hilltop.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, there are currently 1,200 missing people in Ohio.

The families of these missing individuals search for years, oftentimes without any clues along the way.

Judy Rafferty said her son, Andy Chapman, went missing 18 years ago. He was last seen on the westside of Columbus.

Chapman’s family organized the first Andy Chapman March for the Missing on June 8, which led participants through the Hilltop neighborhood where Andy was last seen. Rafferty created a community for fellow grieving families and invited them to participate in the march.

Rafferty said this is a “club nobody wants to belong to,” but together they form a group where the relatability of grief provides strength to their individual searches.

Families with missing loved ones filled the sidewalks of the Hilltop with the hope that each step would bring them closer to reuniting with lost family. Following the march, the group spent time connecting over lunch in a space provided by Hillcrest Baptist Church.

“It does not matter what got them into this position,” said Rafferty. “They are human beings and we will never give up looking for them.”

Aimee Chapman, who is Andy Chapman’s sister, said her brother loved his young son, who was 3 at the time of his father’s disappearance. She said Andy was also a devoted fan of the Detroit Lions and was always eager to show up to the family barbecues.

There is a $4,800 reward for his finding.

Danny Fout went missing from the westside of Columbus in 2019 and left behind four daughters, some of whom have since had children of their own. His daughter, Kaitlyn Fout, said once a month they put up posters around town in the hopes that someone will recognize him and come forward with information on his whereabouts.

“I truly believe he would give the shirt off of his back to anybody,” said Fout.

She said she misses the way her father would dance to the music that seemed to follow him wherever he went.

John Sigman’s absence is the most recent of the three missing men represented during the event. On May 11, he was seen driving away from his home in Lore City, Ohio in a 2013 silver Ford F-150 with plate  number HDW 7850. He is a 77-year-old father who leaves behind a grieving daughter, Shannon West.

“He is truly the best person I know,” West said of her father.

She fears his willingness to help anyone could have gotten him into a threatening situation. Sigman loves taking rides around the lake near his home and having breakfast with his family.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chapman, Fout, or Sigman should contact the Columbus police at 614-645-2358 or 614-645-4624.

 

Andy Chapman

  • Missing from: Columbus, Ohio
  • Missing since: 12/8/2006
  • Missing age: 32
  • Current age: 49
  • Gender: Male
  • Race/Ethnicity: White
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 175
  • Hair color: Brown
  • Eye color: Brown

Danny Fout

  • Missing from: Columbus, Ohio
  • Missing since: 2/6/2019
  • Missing age: 44
  • Current age: 50
  • Gender: Male
  • Race/Ethnicity: White
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Hair color: Brown
  • Eye color: Hazel

John Sigman

  • Missing from: Lore City, Ohio
  • Missing since: 5/11/2024
  • Missing age: 77
  • Current age: 77
  • Gender: Male
  • Race/Ethnicity: White
  • Height: 5’6″
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Hair color: Grey
  • Eye color: Blue

 

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