Jamie Boeglin has been missing for over a year, and her family says they’re having a hell of a time getting the Fort Worth police to investigate. That’s what John Boeglin, Jamie’s brother, told me for a cover story I wrote in the Dallas Voice a couple weeks ago. “Missing Inaction” is about the Boeglin family’s complicated feelings about their missing sibling, who is a homeless transgender woman:
Jamie Boeglin lived in Fort Worth, but she didn’t really have any kind of permanent home to go missing from.
Sometimes she crashed at her brother’s house on the west side or squatted in an abandoned house. She’d spend a night at a shelter here or there, or just sleep on the street. Many times, she could have listed her address as a jail cell after she’d been picked up for shoplifting or fighting.
Jamie Boeglin did have one place she could reliably be found — the AIDS Outreach Center where she went to refill her medicine. There, she’d chat up the case workers and get her upcoming medical and mental health appointments in order. She might miss a few of those — could be jail time, could be she’d landed in the hospital — but she always, always came back to seek help from the folks at the AOC.
Except this month, it’ll have been one year since Jamie Boeglin picked up her medication. No one — not her family, not her doctors, not her counselors — has seen her since May 18, 2010.