Authorities looking for missing Cherokee since March 9

BY D. SEAN ROWLEY
Senior Reporter
04/01/2019 10:15 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Aubrey Dameron, 25, reportedly left her mother’s home near Grove to meet somebody and did not return. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has assigned an investigator to the case. COURTESY
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This flier includes an example of the triquetra tattoo on Aubrey Dameron’s back. The Cherokee Nation citizen has been missing from around the Grove area since March 9. COURTESY
GROVE – Authorities and members of a Grove woman’s family are asking the public for information to help the search for Aubrey Dameron, 25, who was reported missing March 11.

Dameron, a Cherokee Nation citizen, has not been seen since about 3:30 a.m. on March 9, when she left her mother’s home near Grove, reportedly to meet with someone.

“We did a search (on March 23) with a small group,” said Pam Smith, Dameron’s aunt. “The only thing found was a sock with possible blood on it. Delaware County (Sheriff’s Office) picked it up and sent it to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI has been brought in because this is no longer regarded as a ‘normal’ missing persons case.”

Smith said a judge had recently signed a search warrant for Dameron’s Facebook page, but that it had not yielded any leads, nor had other social networking apps on her phone. Dameron’s GPS last reportedly “pinged” at 3:42 a.m. on March 9, and only about 100 yards from her mother’s house. Attempts to contact Dameron through her phone have not been successful, Smith said.
Dameron is 5-foot-9 and 130 pounds. She is Native American, with brown eyes, brown hair, a triquetra symbol tattoo on her back and another tattoo reading “shorty” on her upper left arm. She has been entered into the National Crime Information Center and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

She was last seen wearing a thigh-length black skirt, black hose, black leather boots with heels and a black shirt.

Smith also said Dameron is transgender. She began identifying as a female during her teens and has since had medical procedures, but has not completed the transition. Smith said she believes it is possible that a hate crime was perpetrated.

Smith said she does not believe Dameron would harm herself, citing her continuous optimism despite harassment by some of her high school classmates and upbeat attitude as an adult. Dameron also reportedly spoke to her mother almost daily, even when living in New Mexico. Dameron has gone dark on social media, despite her enthusiasm for several platforms, Smith said.

“We are planning other searches…,” Smith said. “They will include Oklahoma City search and rescue, and we will be working with other search and rescue teams from around the state. They want to continue ground searches in the Grove area where Aubrey lived, and they are planning a water search near the shorelines.”

There have been unconfirmed sightings of Dameron at a Quapaw casino and in Joplin, Missouri, but Smith said neither yet seems a promising lead. Dameron did not tell anyone who she was meeting, and Smith said Dameron’s phone does not seem to suggest who she went to see on March 9. She seems to have left her mother’s house of her own accord.

Dameron is also reportedly on prescriptions, and Smith said “she did not take her medications with her.”

Smith said law enforcement investigators are following several leads.

A study by the Urban Indian Health Institute found that 116 American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls were entered into NamUs, though there were 5,712 such reports with the National Crime Information Center. The study spanned 71 cities across 29 states and included Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017, or the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 918-253-4531. Updates on the search for Dameron can be followed on the Facebook page, “Missing-Aubrey-Dameron-from-Grove-Oklahoma."
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