The Manhunt to Find Transgender Sex Worker Paulina Ibarra’s Murderer


Paul Merhige isn’t the only alleged murdered gaying up America’s most wanted lists. So too is Jesus Catalan, the still-at-large man wanted in the murder of transgender Paulina Ibarra, born Jose Ibarra.

As Maria Roman, a transgender woman and, like Ibarra, personally familiar with the sex worker industry, told America’s Most Wanted that Ibarra (pictured) “had a beautiful future ahead.” That was before the body of the 24-year-old was found in her Hollywood apartment, where “nearly every wall and piece of furniture was drenched in blood.”


Those with information about the whereabouts of Catalan, who may go by Brian Nanes or Luis Santiago, is believed to be homeless, and is known to frequent transgender sex workers, are encouraged to call 1-800-CRIME-TV.