Pride Month: Doris Carter

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Doris Wade Carter, who disappeared from Plant City, Florida on December 16, 2011. She went missing with her lesbian partner, Kelly Moriarty, although the two women were reported missing separately.

Two days after Christmas, Moriarty’s leg washed ashore in St. Petersburg, Florida. It wasn’t identified until March, the rest of her wasn’t found, and obviously the authorities couldn’t determine a cause or manner of death based on just a single leg. Interestingly, however, they think the leg had only been in the water for a couple of days, and by then Kelly and Doris had been missing for a week and a half.

Her death, and Doris’s disappearance, remain a mystery — murder, accident, suicide? Some combination thereof? Unfortunately for the two women’s families, we may never get answers.

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Pride Month: Thomas Pittman

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Thomas Clyde Pittman, a 55-year-old gay man who disappeared from Huntington, Texas on May 18, 2017. One year, one month and five days ago.

Pittman’s case is one of those all-too-common ones where he seems to have vanished into thin air. All his belongings were left behind, including his car, and he had been planning to move into his dying mother’s home to help care for her so it seems unlikely he would have walked away.

(This is what happens when you don’t preschedule posts. I’m sorry for the missed postings. I will do better.)

Pride Month: Rusty Feasel

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is John Russell “Rusty” Feasel, a 47-year-old man who disappeared from Dallas, Texas on March 16, 2015.

Per this article, he had to have been either gay or bisexual, since the author of the article is another man and had dated him.

I heard from Rusty’s mother once, shortly after I posted his case originally. The Texas Department of Public Safety page for him gives his date of disappearance as 2014; it was 2015. She also told me the note he left, contrary to what the Dallas Voice article said, didn’t say Feasel wanted to disappear.

The circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.

Pride Month: Ramiro “Kimberly” Avila Jr.

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Ramiro Avila Jr., aka Kimberly. Avila disappeared on May 13, 2017 (one year and one month ago exactly) from Brownsville, Texas, at the age of 32.

NamUs says Avila is a trans woman, so that is what the Charley Project says also. However, in articles I found about the case, Avila’s brother was quoted saying Avila is gay. Shrug.

Regardless of the gender identity, although born male, Avila went out at night as a female sex worker named Kimberly, in makeup, wig and women’s clothing.

Per media statements given by family, Kimberly had been a regular in Brownsville for years and always came home when her working night was done. Except for the day when she suddenly didn’t.

Pride Month: Niija Council

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Niija Navea Council, a 20-year-old mother who disappeared from Philadelphia in September 2013. According to her social media, she is bisexual.

I only added Niija to the Charley Project this spring and the circumstances of her disappearance are very unclear to me. Her file on my site gives the date of disappearance as September 1; this was the date provided by all official sources I could see.

However, as I blogged in April, there is something more to the story than “last seen on September 1” and I really don’t know what the heck is going on with this one.

I feel her Charley Project casefile is incomplete at best and probably misleading but I never know how to treat social media as a source, particularly when its info contradicts that given by law enforcement.

As ever, I invite and appreciate input and further digging from you, my fine readers, without whom this blog would serve no purpose.

Pride Month: Dashad “Sage” Smith

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Dashad Laquinn Smith, who not long before her disappearance had started using a new name, Sage. Sage was last seen in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 20, 2012, just weeks before her twentieth birthday.

It took me awhile to figure out Sage’s identity. The original articles about her said she sometimes dressed as a woman but specifically said she wasn’t trans. However, this feature article explains that Sage, who had previously identified as a gay man, had started identifying as a transgender woman. So here we are.

Sage’s life wasn’t easy.  It isn’t easy for most trans people, particularly trans women of color. She spent time in foster care in childhood after her mom was deemed unfit. Her apartment was paid for by the state because of the foster care thing, but she was working minimum wage jobs and barely getting by. She was studying cosmetology and dreamed of better things.

Not that much is known about Sage’s disappearance, because the person of interest in her case, Erik McFadden, the last person known to have seen her, went on a runner and hasn’t popped back up yet in five and a half years. Hmm…

It doesn’t look good. McFadden isn’t the only person of interest — some of Sage’s other acquaintances seem sketchy — but you have to wonder what is compelling him to stay out of sight for this long. And meanwhile, Sage has a loving family who misses her very much.

This was his life

Irven Thomas Kuykendall disappeared three and a half years ago at the age of 79. In spite of his age he had a LinkedIn, and the details of his accomplishments, as told by Kuykendall himself, are touching:

When I went into the ophans home, 1-3-1942, I wasn’t made to go to school.. I had rather helped with the care of the livestock, cows, horses, mules, hogs goats, chickens. All except the horses and mules, were slaughted for food. Left there in 1-31-1953. Went into the Army. In those years, a person only had to be in excellent [health] and make a score of 31 on the entrance test. Today, a person has to be in excellent health and a high school graduate. I stayed in the Militery, intil 12-8-61. In 1986, while I was a patient at the V A Hospital, I took the test for GED and passed it on 2nd try.

R.I.P. Irven, wherever you are.

[EDIT: Kuykendall was also active on Ancestry’s message boards.]