James Henry Mayberry Jr.
Mayberry, approximate photo date 1999
Missing since: 04/01/1999
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 12/01/1963 (56)
Age at time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight: 5'5 - 5'7, 140 - 170 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A button-down collarless beige blouse with three-quarter length sleeves, khaki shorts, size 7 1/2 or 8 ladies' slip-on white sandals or sneakers, a padded forest green Victoria's Secret bra, and panties. Carrying a black patent leather clutch purse containing $20 to $30 in cash, a black compact and a pack of Virginia Slim cigarettes Mayberry also normally carries a small brown purse.
Medical Conditions Mayberry has heart, liver, blood pressure and respiratory difficulties. He is classified as disabled and was taking medication at the time of his disappearance.
Other characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Mayberry's ears are pierced, and he goes by the nickname Jamie. He often cross-dresses and some agencies may state he's transgender. At the time of his disappearance, Mayberry's hair was shoulder-length with extensions, and pulled back into a ponytail. He may wear a black wig.
Details at time of disappearance: Mayberry disappeared from Kenedy, Texas on April 1, 1999. The night before, he went out to a bar with a cousin. A man there flirted with him, and when the man found out Mayberry was a man in women's clothes, he pulled out a knife and Mayberry ran away from him and went home.
The night Mayberry disappeared, a man knocked on his door at 11:00 p.m. and asked Mayberry to go out for a beer with him. The man had a Mexican accent. Although Mayberry said he didn't know him, he left with him anyway, telling his niece he was going to the store and would be right back. Mayberry's niece said Mayberry appeared frightened and was trembling as he left.
At 2:30 a.m. the next morning, two men in a truck with a loud muffler tried to get into the house to see Mayberry. Her niece told them Mayberry wasn't home, and the men laughed. It's unclear whether they were connected to Mayberry's disappearance. He never returned home and has never been heard from again.
Mayberry is described as a trusting, friendly individual. He left without his medication and she hasn't collected any of her disability payments, which were his only source of income, since his disappearance. Mayberry's loved ones believe his disappearance may have been the result of a hate crime, because he was gay and cross-dressed in public.
The man who threatened Mayberry with a knife the day before his disappearance left town immediately after Mayberry was reported missing, before he could be interviewed by police. The man has an extensive criminal history.
Mayberry's father died before his disappearance, and his mother died in 2002 he also has seven siblings, but none of his family lives in Kenedy today. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Karnes County Sheriff's Office
Other information: Texas Department of Public Safety
The Victoria Advocate
Find a Grave
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated May 15, 2019 three pictures added, details of disappearance updated.