Missing trans woman found in Texas – Connect FM | Local news radio
(NEW YORK) – Joao “Julia” da Silva, a 23-year-old trans woman, was found in Texas on Tuesday after she was last seen by family members leaving her residence in North Bay Village, Florida, March 24.
North Bay Village police are working with local authorities and his family members to coordinate his return. The investigation into his disappearance is still ongoing.
Authorities said da Silva frequents LGBTQ communities in Miami, Miami Beach and Wilton Manors. She was seen on CCTV at a gas station Monday night in the South Miami area near Homestead.
“With this video footage, what concerns us is that she appears disoriented,” said Paul Battaglia, the LGBT liaison officer with the North Bay Village Police Department. “She also appeared alone, which is unusual for her.”
Transgender people are four times more likely than cisgender people to be victims of violence, according to a study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.
Battaglia said the department takes into account the increased risks against this population.
“We understand the statistics. They are more likely to be victims of violence or self-harm,” he said. “So we asked these relevant questions during the initial intake. She has no history of mental health, depression, or self-harm, because that’s very important to us.
“That’s all we want, to make sure she’s okay,” da Silva’s best friend, Tatiana, told ABC affiliate WPLG-TV when da Silva went missing. Da Silva’s mother is said to have come from Japan to help with the search.
If anyone has any information on da Silva’s whereabouts, the North Bay Village Police Department urges them to contact the agency at (305) 758-2626.
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