Gender fluid missing persons case has new police chief’s commitment

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Two years and still no answers. Leads have run cold. Family and friends of Ramiro Avila, also known as Kimberly, are hoping a new chief of police can bring new leads in a missing person’s case that has gained national attention.

Avila disappeared without a trace while working as a commercial sex worker in downtown Brownsville. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Avila may have been the victim of a crime, and not keeping contact with family, his sister fears the worst has happened. Local 23’s Derick Garcia brings us the complete story.

This story is part of the Catalyst project “Mayberry Texas,” (link to a statewide investigation into the 5,628 active missing persons cases in the state since 1998. Explore an interactive map of some of the cases and learn about a solution that could help families find closure. 

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