James H. Mayberry Jr.

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Above: Mayberry, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 1, 1999 from Kenedy, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 1, 1963
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5 - 5'7, 140 - 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Mayberry's ears are pierced. He's transgender; although biologically male, he lives as a female and goes by the name Jamie. At the time of her disappearance, Mayberry's hair was shoulder-length with extensions, and pulled back into a ponytail. She may wear a black wig.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A button-down collarless beige blouse with three-quarter length sleeves, khaki shorts, size 7 1/2 or 8 ladies' slip-on white sandals or sneakers, a padded forest green Victoria's Secret bra, and panties. Carrying a black leather clutch purse containing $20 to $30 in cash, a black compact and a pack of Virginia Slim cigarettes; Mayberry also normally carries a small brown purse.
  • Medical Conditions: Mayberry has heart, liver, blood pressure and respiratory difficulties. She is classified as disabled and was taking medication at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mayberry disappeared from Kenedy, Texas on April 1, 1999. She was last seen leaving her home with another man. The man knocked on her door at 11:00 p.m. and although Mayberry said she didn't know him, she left with him anyway, telling her niece she was going to the store and would be right back. Mayberry's niece said Mayberry appeared frightened and was trembling as she left. She never returned home. At 2:30 a.m. the next morning, two men in a truck with a loud muffler tried to get into the house to see Mayberry. Her niece told them Mayberry wasn't home, and the men laughed. It's unclear whether they were connected to Mayberry's disappearance. She has never been heard from again.

    Mayberry is described as a trusting, friendly individual. She left without his medication and she hasn't collected any of her disability payments, which were her only source of income, since her disappearance. Mayberry's loved ones believe her disappearance was the result of a hate crime because of her transgender status. Mayberry's father died before her disappearance, and her mother died in 2002; she also has seven siblings. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Karnes County Sheriff's Office
    830-780-3931

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    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Victoria Advocate
    NamUs
    Find a Grave

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 30, 2016; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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