Saturday, June 1, 2024

Pride Month: Unsolved LGBTQ Cases Vol. I

This Pride Month, it is important to remember the missing and murdered members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Several cases involving LGBTQIA+ individuals featured on True Case Files remain unsolved today. 

Each week during Pride Month, a set of 3 unsolved cases involving a missing or murdered member of the LGBTQIA+ community will be featured on this page. Let's continue to spread awareness on these cases in hopes that justice will be served.

The Disappearance of Mia Santiago.

Mia Santiago has been missing since August 20th, 2005. She was only 16 years-old at the time of her disappearance. Mia was last seen in Brooklyn, New York. She reportedly was seen getting in a cab with an unidentified man in the 300 Block of Rodney Street. She has never been seen or heard from again.

There are some discrepancies online about Mia's gender identity. Most sources refer to Mia as a transgender woman, however some sources refer to Mia with her previous name. There are many rumors online that Mia was a victim of the Long Island serial killer. Remains were found in Gilgo Beach that remain unidentified today, and there is speculation that the remains belong to Mia. Some posts have indicated that Mia's family members have yet to provide a DNA sample to compare to the remains, but Mia's family members have denied this.

The details about Mia's disappearance remain unclear, the only thing that is certain is that she remains missing today. Her case is considered a cold case. 

If you have any information that could lead to Mia Santiago's whereabouts, please submit a tip.

Read more about Mia's case.

The Murder of Priscilla Pimentel.

Priscilla Pimentel was found murdered inside her Queens, New York apartment on November 24th, 2006. The 24-year-old woman was supposed to join her family in Pennsylvania for the Thanksgiving holiday, but she never showed up. Her worried siblings traveled to New York to check on her the following day.

When Priscilla's siblings arrived at her residence, they stumbled upon a horrific scene: both Priscilla and her dog had been brutally stabbed to death. Both were found deceased in Priscilla's bathtub. Their bodies were covered in green paint that Priscilla had recently used to paint her walls.

Priscilla was still new to New York City at the time of her murder. She grew up in the small town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After her murder, Priscilla's stepfather Raoul Laracuente told reporters that he believes Priscilla moved to the city because she was afraid her sexuality would be hurtful to her family. He Laracuente explained, "I truly believe in my heart that she moved away just so she wouldn’t hurt her mother’s feelings. This is a small town; everybody knows your business. She said she’d go to New York so that her mother wouldn’t be hurt."

Several have passed since Priscilla's death, and her murder remains unsolved today. No suspects or persons of interest have ever been announced. 

If you have any information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of Priscilla's killer(s), please submit a tip.

Read more about Priscilla's case.

The Disappearance of Jasmine Moody.

Jasmine Moody has been missing since December 4th, 2014. The then-18-year-old was a student at Texas Women's University at the time of her disappearance. Jasmine vanished while visiting her girlfriend, Brittany Gurley, in Detroit, Michigan. 

Jasmine arrived in Detroit on November 25th, 2014. She spent Thanksgiving and the days following with Brittany and her family. Jasmine was scheduled to return to Texas on December 5th, 2014—the day after her disappearance.

According to Brittany and her mother, Jasmine vanished after angrily leaving the Detroit residence during an argument. She never returned to the house, nor did she ever make her trip back home to Texas. She has never been seen or heard from again. 

Over the years, there has been a lot of suspicion about Brittany and her mother. Many believe that the mother and daughter know exactly what happened to Jasmine. However, neither woman has ever been charged with anything related to Jasmine's case. Both deny involvement in her disappearance.

Jasmine remains missing today, and her loved ones are still left without answers. A monetary reward for anyone with information that could lead to her whereabouts is available.

If you have any information that could lead to Jasmine Moody's whereabouts, please submit a tip.

Read more about Jasmine's case.

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