Three men were charged Wednesday in the beating of a Milwaukee rapper who went missing on New Year's Day and was the apparent victim of a gruesome gang homicide. The missing rapper is identified in the criminal complaint as Ebony Young, a female. The victim had been identified as Evon Young, 22, also known as Yung LT, during the plea for information about his whereabouts. At least one of the defendants charged Wednesday told investigators he believed Young was a male. Though the charges describe a homicide, no body has been recovered, and the defendants are charged only with substantial battery with intent to cause bodily harm. According to the complaint: Young's mother found a cellphone near where Young was last seen getting into a car near her apartment, and the last call made on it was Jan. 1. She turned it over to police, who traced it to Victor Stewart and Ashanti Mcalister. Stewart was a suspect in the theft of his wife's car, an Impala like the one a witness had seen idling near Young's house on Jan. 1.