Missing transgender man found dead, suicide suspected


Staff Reports

WARREN, Mich. — Jay Ralko, a transgender man who suffered from bipolar disorder, was found dead Tuesday, nearly two weeks after vanishing without a trace.

Jay Ralko

Jay Ralko

Ralko was found inside his Ford Escape in parking lot of Meijer supermarket in Warren. Police say they suspect Ralko took his own life.

Ralko, 22, disappeared on Dec. 10 after he left behind a note for his roommate indicating there was an emergency.

Since his disappearance, there had been “no record on his phone, no record on his bank statements, no record on his Blue Cross Card,” according to his mother, Sherri Amorello.

The note Ralko left behind asked his roommate to take his dog out. “Won’t be here tonight, an emergency,” he wrote.

Ralko’s sister Molly posted on Facebook Tuesday that she was proud to be his sister and that Ralko had been through a lot.

“Not many people would be able to get through what he has,” she wrote. “He has struggled with so much in the last few years.”

“My only wish now is that all the pain has gone away and he has found peace.”

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