In the early morning of March 9, 2019, Aubrey Dameron left her Oklahoma home around 3:30 a.m. to meet with a friend, but she never returned.
Dameron identified as a “two-spirit” individual, which is a person possessing a blend of male and female spirits, and was 25 years old at the time. Her aunt, Pam, Smith told NBC that she feared her niece may have been the victim of a hate crime because she was a transgender woman in the process of transitioning.
Dameron’s family filed a missing persons report with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office on March 11. They followed up with a search effort that led to the discovery of a bloody sock near Damon’s home 14 days after her disappearance. Smith shared that after submitting the sock to the Oklahoma FBI, the organization never followed up with additional information.
Two years later, Dameron’s case went cold.
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Smith shared, “It just seemed like no one cared,” when opening up about her missing niece. With a lack of help from authorities searching for Dameron, the family has found national support from Indigenous groups like Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA (MMIWUSA), that have helped with widespread searches.
In January, the Wyoming State Task Force released a report revealing Indigenous women are most likely to remain missing for 30 days or longer at 21%, while only 11% of white people remained missing for that time period. According to The National Institute of Justice, Indigenous women are ten times more likely to be killed than white women.
Keeping the search and their hopes alive the family created a Facebook page titled Missing-Aubrey Dameron from Grove, Oklahoma.
Smith describes Dameron as 5’10” and about 150 pounds, two tattoos-one on her back, a triquetra symbol, and her nickname the word “Shorty” on her upper left arm. Call the FBI at (918) 664-3300 or the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service (918) 207-3800 if you have any information on Dameron’s case.