Brownsville family “disappointed” in police’s lack of transparency in missing person case

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BROWNSVILLE — Three years have felt like an eternity for the Avila family as Brownsville Police keep details short as they search for their loved one Ramiro Avila, also known as Kimberly.

“No leads, nothing new, still investigating,” said Ivon Avila to CBS4/LOCAL 23 on the anniversary of Kimberly’s disappearance.

Family members have grown frustrated with the Brownsville Police Department as the case has remained active but are unclear what efforts or resources are being used.

“It’s ridiculous. I’m at a point where… 3 years and you still can’t give us anything?”

Kimberly Avila frequented bars in the downtown area of Brownsville as a sex worker and was known to the LGBTQ community as a transgender person.

Avila’s family believes the department is prejudice against Kimberly’s case because of the work and LGBTQ status.

“We haven’t seen a whole lot of support,” said Avila.  

At a two-year anniversary prayer vigil in 2019, the family was stunned by police and the Cameron County District Attorney’s office using the phrase ‘Justice for Kimberly.”

“Why are you asking for justice? What do you know that you’re not telling us,” asked Avila.

The presumption from the Avila family is that the case is no longer a missing person’s investigation but have withheld details from Avila’s family,

Family members are urging the public to report any information on Avila’s whereabouts to Brownsville Crime Stoppers at (956) 546-8477.

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