Editor's Note: Michelle Rodriguez Sanchez is one of thousands of unsolved disappearance cases in México. More then 32,000 people are “missing” according to Data Civica. https://personasdesaparecidas.
org.mx/semblanza. It is important to note that another trans beauty queen, Paulett Gonzalez, went missing in 2016. After weeks of searching, Paulett’s charred body was found in a vacant lot on July 29, 2016, in Irapuato, Guanajuato. Violence against the LGBTQ community has reached staggering numbers with more than 200 people murdered in the last few years and for the first time in Mexico the number of trans women murdered exceeds the number of gay men.
MEXICO.- Mishel Rodríguez Sánchez, Miss Trans Star México 2018, has been reported missing by her relatives. Rodríguez was planning on representing Mexico in an international pageant in Barcelona, Spain on November 2 and 3 later this year.
“We inform you that Mishel Rodríguez, winner of Miss Tras Star Mexico has been reported disappeared, we thank you for any information you can provide and are asking for your help to spread the word. We have faith that she is well and will appear very soon, “Miss Tras Star Mexico published this statement through their social networks.
She was last seen on August 29, 2018 in the streets of Ermita Zaragoza, in the delegation of Iztapalapa in Mexico City. She was wearing a white sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and was carring an orange bag.
She has a heart-shaped tattoo on her lower back, a surgical scar on the right side of her abdomen and a scar on one of her shoulders.
Mishel, 25 years old, is originally from the state of Tabasco and is known for participating in beauty contests for transgender women.
For the time being, the family has made a formal complaint to the Support Center for Absent and Missing Persons (CAPEA) and has asked the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to investigate her daughter’s partner. They have also asked for the support of social organizations who fight for the rights of transvestite and transgender people in Mexico and to share the image of the 25-year-old girl.
According to Mishel’s mother, Virginia Sanchez, her daughter’s boyfriend contacted her to let her know that the she had not returned home after going out to buy tacos on August 29.
Gerardo López Laguna, a friend of Mishel said that she is a happy, friendly, respectful person. Lopez Laguna also stated that the investigation of her disappearance must not be investigated as “crime of passion”; it is more likely that she was harmed based on her popularity or gender identity.