BROWNSVILLE — Ivon Rodarte has a message for whoever called the Brownsville Police Department anonymously in March 2018 with information about her brother’s disappearance more than two years ago.
“You had a reason to call that day. You had a reason to call and give the information that you gave or you think that you might have missed something or you think that there’s something that you maybe didn’t say,” Rodarte said. “I’m begging you to call back.”
Rodarte’s brother is Ramiro “Kimberly” Avila, a transgender woman who disappeared from downtown Brownsville at the age of 32 around 2:30 a.m. on May 13, 2017.
After an evening of playing Loteria with family visiting from out of town, Rodarte dropped Avila off downtown.
“He kissed me and said, ‘I love you,’ and that’s all I heard from him,” Rodarte said of her brother, who would now be 34.
Two years later, Avila’s family’s anguish has only grown with the knowledge that there are people out there who know something about what happened to Avila.
On Friday morning, Rodarte, flanked by family members who all wore shirts with photos showing memories they had of their loved ones, invited local media and Brownsville Police Department Spokeswoman Melissa Gonzalez and Sgt. Billy Killebrew into their Southmost home in hopes of reaching that anonymous caller in an effort to get them to contact police.
“You can call anonymously. You don’t have to use your name. You, if you have any type of information you can call crime stoppers, call the police department, call the detectives,” Rodarte said. “If you chose to call, for whatever reason you might have had or maybe your conscience or maybe because you see the way we’re suffering, I want that person to call back.”
Rodarte said her brother was a gentle soul who never would have hurt a fly.
“He felt that because he wouldn’t hurt anybody, nobody would hurt him,” Rodarte said.
Despite two years without seeing or speaking to Avila or knowing whether he is eating or whether he has shelter, the family tries to hold on to hope.
“At this point we’re trying to prepare ourselves for anything,” Rodarte said. “We have hope that there’s going to be a better outcome than what we’re preparing ourselves for.”
Anyone with information about Avila’s whereabouts can call (956) 548-7060, (956) 548-7087, (956) 548-7078 or Brownsville Crime Stoppers at (956) 546-TIPS (8477).