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: Jim Martin

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 Jim Craig Martin, a 39-year-old gay man who disappeared from the tiny town of Normangee, Texas on August 6, 2007.

It really doesn’t look good for Jim: two days after his disappearance, his car was found abandoned and burned-out in Centerville, a town about 25 minutes from Normangee. Curiously, in spite of this the police refused to accept a missing persons report until August 15. Perhaps they hadn’t connected the burned car to him yet.

In 2017, the Texas Rangers advertised a $3,000 reward for information to help solve the case. This reward offer is still open. Per the Texas Rangers: “Numerous leads have been investigated in which Martin was killed and his body possibly disposed of in rural area of Leon, Madison or Brazos County. Texas. Rangers and local investigators have conducted interviews with witnesses and possible suspects in an effort to solve the disappearance and likely murder of Martin.”

Pride Month: Lisa Stone

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 Lisa Lynn Stone, a 51-year-old lesbian woman who disappeared from Dallas, Texas on June 4, 2010.

Lisa’s case was the subject of a 48 Hours episode, which I haven’t seen. Her friends suspect her partner of fifteen years, Sherry Henry, was involved in her case. One of Lisa’s friends caught Sherry throwing away “Stone’s most cherished belongings, including family photos, birth certificates, jewelry and family heirlooms” less than a month after Lisa was last seen, and less than two weeks after she was reported missing.

While that is certainly callous and suspicious behavior on Sherry’s part, there isn’t a whole lot of real evidence against her.

But if there had been evidence of a crime, whoever committed that crime had plenty of time to clean it up: Lisa wasn’t reported missing for 18 days, the police closed the missing persons investigation after five days without finding her, and it took some time for Lisa’s friends to persuade the cops to reopen the investigation.

It was certainly sloppy, lazy police work and I have to wonder if the cops were prejudiced against Lisa because she was a lesbian and because of the fact that she was a hoarder — animal welfare officials had to seize 26 cats from Sherry and Lisa’s home.

We may never find out what really happened.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dawood Kullo

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Dawood Kullo, a 39-year-old of Pakistani descent who disappeared from Houston, Texas on March 27, 1995.

Kullo had an argument with his girlfriend and stomped out the day he disappeared. I normally consider give the significant other a serious side-eye in such cases, but Kullo was seen at a bar after the argument so who knows what happened to him. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information.

About his name: the Arabic version of David is pronounced something like Dah-ood and it’s transliterated in a lot of different ways, such as Daud, Daoud, Da’ud, and…Dawood. Pakistanis speak Urdu, not Arabic, but both Pakistanis and Arabic speakers are all mostly Muslim, and what I’m trying to say here is that Kullo’s name is basically “David David Kullo.”

I wonder if “David” is actually a nickname/Anglicization rather than his legal middle name, especially as NamUs has his name given as “Dawood (David) Kullo.”