Friday, June 21, 2024

Pride Month: Unsolved LGBTQ Cases Vol. IV

We've made it to our final week of Pride Month. This week, the 3 featured cases involve 3 members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have gone missing and remain missing today. Please continue to spread awareness about these cases!

The Disappearance of Shaun Spaulding.

Shaun Spaulding has been missing since March 2022. The then-39-year-old lived in Arlington, Virginia at the time of his disappearance. He was last seen at the Homewood Suites Hotel on New York Avenue NE in Washington, DC.

It was initially believed that Shaun was last seen at home by a roommate on March 15th, 2022.  However, it was later determined that the last known sighting of Shaun occurred at the hotel in DC on March 17th. He has never been seen or heard from again.

Shaun was reportedly a regular user on Grindr. His family has expressed concerns that his disappearance may be linked to someone he met from the app. Police have not confirmed or denied this theory; they have declined to comment on the investigation due to its ongoing status. 

The hotel where Shaun was last seen is approximately 7 miles away from his Arlington home. Due to the close proximity, authorities from both Arlington County and DC are involved in the investigation. A monetary reward is being offered in exchange for information that could lead to Shaun's whereabouts.

If you have any information that could lead to Shaun Spaulding's whereabouts, please contact the Arlington County Police tip line at (703) 228-4180 or the DC Police tip line at (202) 727-9099.

Read more about Shaun's case.

The Disappearance of Diana Alejandre.

Diana Alejandre has been missing since the spring of 2020. The then-31-year-old last spoke to her family members on April 29th, 2022. Diana was reported missing on June 30th, 2022, after her loved ones realized nobody had seen or heard from her in approximately two months.

At the time of her disappearance, Diana lived in Winterhaven, California with her girlfriend, Danielle 'Danny' Meeden. Reports state Diana was last seen at their home. Several of her personal items - including her cell phone and wallet - were left at the residence. 

In November of 2021, Diana's family members started a petition to have her case investigated by the FBI. The petition's description states that Meeden was violent and had once tried to murder Diana. Arrest records confirm that Meeden has been arrested for inflicting a corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant on more than one occasion. However, at this time, authorities have never publicly labeled her as a suspect in Diana's case.

The FBI did eventually join the search for Diana, and they are still involved in the investigation today. However, they have declined to comment on the case since it is still ongoing. A monetary reward is being offered for anyone with information that could help solve the case.

If you have any information that could lead to the whereabouts of Diana Alejandre, please submit a tip using this form.

Read more about Diana's case.

The Disappearance of Kit Mora.

Kit Mora was reported missing in Omak, Washington in April 2022. The indigenous and nonbinary teenager was just 16 years-old at the time of their disappearance. Kit vanished under suspicious circumstances; their family and friends report that Kit has not been in touch since November of 2021 - months before they were reported missing. 

Kit spent most of their life in Yakima after being adopted at the age of 4 when their mother, Lori Sue, lost custody due to reports of neglect and abuse. Kit and Lori Sue later reconnected after Kit became a teenager. In June 2021, Kit decided to move to Omak to live with their biological mother and siblings.

Kit's loved ones quickly grew concerned about the way Kit was being treated by Lori Sue. Reports state that Kit, at the age of 16, quickly became a sole caregiver to their younger siblings. Additionally, Kit also had disclosed to friends that Lori Sue was not accepting of their nonbinary gender identity or their sexual orientation.

In November 2021, Kit suddenly fell out-of-touch with their friends and family back in Yakima. They also seemingly went inactive on social media. Kit's family requested a wellness check at Lori Sue's residence, during which Lori Sue told Omak PD officers that Kit was fine and had decided to cut ties with their adoptive family. The officers left the residence without ever actually seeing or speaking to Kit.

Kit's missing persons case was finally opened in April 2022. At that time, Lori Sue reportedly told police that Kit ran off with a significant other. Kit's loved ones do not believe Lori Sue's narrative and believe she knows more about what happened to Kit. At this time, Lori Sue has not been charged with anything related to Kit's disappearance.

If you have any information that could lead to the whereabouts of Kit Mora, please contact the Omak PD at 509-826-0383.

Read more about Kit's case.


Cases from week three.

Cases from week two.

Cases from week one.

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