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Three indicted in death of Seattle woman found in Dallas

DALLAS — Three people have been indicted in the death of year-old Marisela Botello-Valadez, a Seattle woman found in Dallas after having been reported missing. According to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, a Dallas County grand jury handed down the indictment on June

What You Need To Know

  • A Dallas County grand jury indicted three people in the death of year-old Marisela Botello-Valadez

  • Botello-Valadez, of Seattle, was visiting a friend in Dallas when she went missing, police say

  • Authorities found her body on March 24 in a wooded area near Wilmer in Dallas County

Charles Anthony Beltran, Nina Tamar Marano and Lisa Jo Dykes each face a murder charge in connection with the death of Botello-Valadez. Marano, 49, and Dykes, 58, were arrested in Florida. Marano was arrested in Miami and taken to the Miami-Dade County Jail on March Two days later, on March 27, Dykes was booked into the Orange County Jail. Beltran, 32, was arrested in Utah on April 2. He was taken into custody without incident in West Jordan, about 1, miles from Dallas.

In a previous interview, police said Beltran, Dykes and Marano left their jobs and homes and refused to talk to authorities showing a “pattern of avoidance and attempted concealment of evidence.”

On a trip from Seattle to Dallas, Botello-Valadez visited a friend on Oct. 2 and was last seen on Oct. 5, leaving Select Bar in Deep Ellum with Beltran. It wasn’t until March 24, about five months after her disappearance, that authorities discovered her body. She was located in a wooded area in Dallas County near Wilmer, close to East Belt Line and Post Oak roads.

According to an arrest affidavit, cellphone records placed all three suspects at a home in Mesquite, shared by Beltran and Dykes on the day of Botello-Valadez’s disappearance. According to the affidavit, phone records showed that Dykes and Marano left the home the same day, heading to a wooded area near Hutchins, an area close to multiple bodies of water, and returned to the home.

During a search of the home, police discovered that blood was cleaned from the carpet. However, stains of red and brown found underneath were later determined to be a DNA match for Valadez, police said.


Updated at p.m.: Revised to reflect Charles Beltran being booked into jail.

The third suspect in the death of a missing Seattle woman whose body was found in Dallas County last week has been arrested.

Dallas police said Friday that Charles Anthony Beltran, 31, was taken into custody in Utah on a capital murder charge in the slaying of Marisela Botello Valadez.

Two women, year-old Nina Tamar Marano and year-old Lisa Jo Dykes, were arrested separately in Florida last week. They each face one count of capital murder.

Beltran was booked into the South Lake County jail Friday evening, and it was unclear whether he had an attorney. Marano remained in the Miami-Dade County jail, while Dykes was in the Orange County, Fla., jail.

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Botello, 23, was last seen alive early Oct. 5 in Deep Ellum. She was visiting a friend in Dallas and had gone out alone, and the friend became worried when she didn’t return to his home.

She missed her flight back to Seattle, and there was no further activity on her cellphone, social-media accounts or bank account.

Authorities have said that security footage showed Botello leaving Select Start, a bar in the block of Elm Street, with a man.

Police said in late October that Beltran was a person of interest in the case and that he and his car hadn’t been seen since that night. In the weeks that followed, authorities said they believed Botello was still alive but later said she may have been the victim of foul play.

Botello’s body was found March 24 in a wooded area near East Belt Line and Post Oak roads in Wilmer in southern Dallas County.

According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, police determined that cellphone records from the day of Botello’s disappearance placed her with all three suspects at a home that Beltran and Dykes shared in Mesquite.

Police wrote in the affidavit that phone records showed that Dykes and Marano left the home later that day and went to a wooded area near Hutchins that was close to several bodies of water before returning to the home.

Law-enforcement officials who searched the home said that the carpet had recently been cleaned but that there were red and brown streaks beneath it that appeared to be blood. Samples of those streaks were later determined to match Botello’s DNA, police said.

Authorities recovered Beltran’s black Audi A6 in New York in late December. A hair they found in the car’s trunk is being tested to see whether it is Botello’s, according to the affidavit.

According to police, Beltran, Dykes and Marano left their jobs and their homes following Botello’s disappearance and refused to cooperate with the police investigation.

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Three suspects were indicted this week for the murder of a Seattle woman who vanished in October during a vacation to visit a friend in Texas last year.

Dallas County Criminal District Attorney John Creuzot announced the murder indictment of Charles Anthony Beltran, 32; Nina Tamar Marano, 49; and Lisa Jo Dykes, 58, in a statement Wednesday, months after the body of Marisela Botello-Valadez was discovered abandoned in a wooded area.

Botello-Valadez had traveled to Texas from her home in Seattle in October to visit a friend, according to The Dallas Morning News. The friend told police she left the home on October 5 to go out alone and never returned. Her family said the year-old was last captured on surveillance footage leaving a Deep Ellum bar in the early hours of October 5, local station KXAS-TV reports.  

Botello-Valadez's body was discovered on March 24 in a densely wooded area near E. Belt Line Road and Post Oak Road in Wilmer, Texas, according to a statement from the Dallas Police. Within days, authorities had arrested Marano and Dykes in Florida in connection with the slaying.

Beltran was apprehended in April in Utah by the U.S. Marshals North Texas Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities have not revealed what relationship the suspects may have had to Botello-Valadez.

Investigators said cell phone records placed Botello-Valadez at the same Mesquite home as all three suspects on the day she was last “known to be alive,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Records also showed that Dykes and Marano cell phones were also in the area where Botello-Valadez’s body was discovered on the night of October 5.

Police also found Botello-Valadez's blood on a carpet in the home where both Beltran and Dykes were living at the time, authorities said. reached out to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office regarding the case but did not receive an immediate response.

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A Dallas County grand jury indicted three people Wednesday in the death of a Seattle woman who went missing in October while visiting Dallas, according to the district attorney's office.

Charles Anthony Beltran, 32; Nina Tamar Marano, 49; and Lisa Jo Dykes, 58, were all indicted on a murder charge in Marisela Botello Valadez's slaying.

Marano and Dykes were arrested in Florida and Beltran was taken into custody in Utah.

Dallas police said Botello, 23, had flown to Dallas from Seattle to visit a friend. The friend said she left his apartment on Oct. 4 to meet up with friends at a nightclub, Marano's arrest warrant affidavit said.

Botello's family said she was last seen leaving a Deep Ellum bar early on Oct. 5. Her body was found March 24 in a wooded area in Wilmer.

Cell phone records place Botello at the same home as Marano, Dykes and Beltran, an affidavit stated.

Phone records also showed Dykes and Marano traveling south of Dallas, near Hutchins, to a densely wooded area near a concrete plant.

When officials searched their residence, they found streaks of brown and red on the carpet, which had been cleaned. An analysis of DNA found on one of the carpets matched Botello's blood, according to the affidavit.


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Seattle Woman, Marisela Botello Valadez, Who Went Missing In Dallas Found Dead, Murder Warrants Issued For 3 Suspects

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Seattle woman who went missing in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas in October has been found dead and murder warrants have been issued for three suspects, police said Friday.

Police said Marisela Botello Valadez, 23, was last seen alive on Oct. 5, and believed she was the victim of foul play.

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Her body was found on March 24, in a wooded area near East Belt Line Road and Post Oak Road in Wilmer, Texas, police said.

Marisela Botello Valadez (Source: Dallas Police Department)

A suspect, identified as year-old Nina Marano, was arrested on March 25 in Miami, Florida, and charged with capital murder. Two other suspects, year-old Charles Beltran and year-old Lisa Dykes, are at-large and are wanted for murder, police said.

According to an arrest affidavit, Botello Valadez went to Dallas on Oct. 2, to visit a person known as Ortiz. He told detectives she took a Lyft ride from his apartment to an unknown location on the evening of Oct. 4 and that it was the last time he saw her.

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Through the investigation, police learned from cell phone records that Botello Valadez and the suspects were together at Beltran’s and Dykes’ home in Mesquite on the last day she was alive, the affidavit stated.

Police searched the Mesquite home and found blood that had been cleaned from a carpet. The blood was a match to Botello Valadez.

The affidavit stated police also found a hair sample in the trunk of a vehicle registered to Beltran and Dykes and believed the sample appears to match the victim.

According to the affidavit, the suspects have refused to speak to police, left their jobs and moved out of their homes.

Anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of Beltan and Dykes is asked to immediately call

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Seattle Woman, Marisela Botello Valadez, Who Went Missing In Dallas Found Dead, Murder Warrants Issu

3 Charged in Death of Seattle Woman Who Disappeared on Vacation in Texas

Three people have been indicted in the murder of a Seattle woman who went missing in October while vacationing in Dallas.

Charles Anthony Beltran, 32, Nina Tamar Marano, 49, and Lisa Jo Dykes, 58, each face a murder charge in connection with Marisela Botello-Valadez's death, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office said in a press release Wednesday.

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Marano and Dykes were arrested in Florida in March while Beltran was taken into custody in Utah in April.

According to Marano's arrest warrant affidavit, Botello-Valadez had come to Dallas from Seattle on Oct. 2, to visit a friend. The friend later told police that she had taken a Lyft from his home on the evening of Oct. 4 and never returned.

According to the affidavit, after that evening there was no activity on Botello-Valadez's bank accounts, social media or cell phone. 

The Dallas Morning News reported that Botello-Valadez was last seen leaving a club called Select Start with a man in the early morning hours of Oct. 5.

Five months later, her body was found on March 24 in a wooded area in Wilmer. 

Charles Beltran, Nina Tamar Marano, Lisa Dykes
Charles Beltran, Nina Marano, Lisa Dykes
| Credit: Dallas Police Department; Miami-Dade Corrections; Orange County Jail

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Using cell phone records, police were able to determine that Marano, Dykes and Beltran were with Botello-Valadez at the home of Dykes and Beltran in Mesquite, Texas, "on the last date [Botello-Valadez] was known to be alive," the affidavit states.  

A search of Dykes' and Beltran's residence "revealed that the carpet had been cleaned, but streaks of brown and red color, the appearance of blood, were underneath the carpet," the affidavit states. 

It's unclear if any of the suspects have a lawyer.


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Marisela Botello has not been seen or heard from since about a.m. on October 5 when she left a Dallas nightclub in the Deep Ellum area of the city with a man who police are now saying is a person of interest, according to Dallas Police.

The year-old Seattle woman was visiting an ex-boyfriend in Dallas but went out alone the night of October 4, according to Dateline, who reported that he did not want to go out so Botello took a Lyft to the club alone.

She never came back.

Here is what you need to know:

1.Botello Had Her Cell Phone & Debit Card With Her That Night But Neither Have Been Used Since She Went Missing

Dateline reported that the ex-boyfriend, whose name has not been made public, called Botello’s family when she didn’t return to his house after going out on October 4. All of her things were still there, except for her phone and her debit card, neither of which have been used in nearly four weeks, according to People.

“That to me is a huge red flag,” Botello’s aunt Dennesly Castillo told Dateline. “She’s 23 and hasn’t used her phone for social media or texts or anything in three weeks? It makes no sense. We’re just really worried that something happened to her.”

The family also realized something was terribly wrong when Botello, who lives with her parents, according to Dateline, did not make her flight back to Seattle.

Castillo told Dateline, “She was scheduled to fly back to Seattle that Monday. But she never made the flight. And she hasn’t returned home. She’s an avid traveler and she’s always in contact with someone. She wouldn’t just miss a flight or cut all communication like this.”

Botello’s aunt said that there has been no activity in Botello’s bank account nor outgoing emails. Her phone was last used to make a call at about 4 a.m. on the morning of October 5, according to Dateline.

2. Botello Was Seen on Surveillance Leaving With a Man & Police Are Looking For Charles Beltran as a Person of Interest

According to the Dallas Police Department Charles Beltran is a person of interest. In their call to the public asking for anyone to come forward if they know how to find him, they say they want to talk to him as it relates to the “Botello missing person investigation.”

Police say Beltran was driving a “Black Audi A6 with Texas license plate MJG in the early morning hours of October 5, ,” but he nor his car have been seen since the morning of October 5.

According to Fox News, Botello’s family said Beltran has “gone dark” and police have been unable to reach him. They said he “disconnected all social media and once they identified him “he was unreachable and appeared to have moved,” Castillo told Fox.

A background check on Beltran shows a history of drug arrests. Most recently he served eight months in a federal prison in for violating probation when he failed drug tests.

In court records show that Beltran was sentenced to months in a Texas prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. That sentence was followed by three-years probation.

It was during those three years that he violated probation by using drugs and was sentenced to another eight months in jail.

3. Botello was Wearing a Purple Metallic Dress When She Went Out on October 4 But It’s Not Clear Why She Went Out Alone Since She Was In Dallas Visiting an Ex-Boyfriend

Castillo told Dateline the family has been able to access Botello’s social media accounts and there is a photo she took of herself from the night she went missing in which she’s wearing a purple metallic dress. It’s the same dress she is wearing in the surveillance video of when she left the club.

According to Dateline “the family believes the man in the video is the key to finding Marisela.”

But Botello’s worried-sick mother, Ernestine Valadez, questions why her daughter went out by herself when she was there to visit her ex-boyfriend.

She told WFAA, “If she went to visit him, why did he let her go alone that night? That’s the number one question I have,” she said.

“I don’t know if it was a mistake that she went there because she was so happy to fly there to visit Dallas, and she never imagined something like this would happen. If someone knows something please tell us or let her go. I beg of you,” Valadez told WFAA. “Every day that passes is very difficult.”

4. Crime Has Been High in Dallas in & Locals Says the Area Where Botello Went Out Is Not Safe

Botello was just supposed to go to Dallas for the weekend, and since it wasn’t her home town, maybe she didn’t realize that the location of Deep Ellum is in an area some locals say is sketchy.

Several Reddit users posted that the area is not safe in response to a thread about the missing woman.

A person whose Reddit handle is Ishotbiggi wote, “This is a public service announcement for people that don’t live in Dallas… don’t come here and travel alone especially near our bars… this place has very high crime rate… I was literally just posting about this in a different thread.. this city has very active gangs and human trafficking is a real thing out here.”

Bobby6Kennedy wrote, “OK, Skillman and Audelia is literally one of the worst areas of the city. There are plenty of other areas where people are going to be fine going to bars.”

OptimalDisaster replied, “Having grown up on Skillman and around Mockingbird, I have to agree with this. You have to be very careful about where you tread. Stay safe, everyone and I hope they find your friend.”

Dagoatmane said, “Facts man. If you go the wrong direction from either deep Ellum or the Knox Henderson are you’re literally in the f****** hood. Don’t be fooled cuz these areas are getting gentrified. I’m in my late 20s but not too long ago those areas were completely different.”

Overall, violent crime in Dallas has been up this year even from , a year in which murders were higher than they’d been in any year in the preceding decade, according to DMagazine.

5. The Case Is Still Being Investigated as a Missing Person’s Case as There Is No Proof of a Crime at This Point

While Botello’s disappearance is suspicious and unsettling, as of December 28 the Dallas Police are treating it as a “Want To Locate” report. According to the department, a “‘Want to Locate’ is when a family member wants to find an individual that they have been unsuccessful with contacting, so they file a want to locate report with the police.”

The Dallas PD said, “The Youth Operations Unit is in charge of the investigation. Detectives from the Youth Operations Unit are actively investigating all workable leads into the report of Ms. Botello. Detectives are also actively communicating with Ms. Botello’s family and only family members about the investigation.”

Botello is a Hispanic/Latino woman with brown eyes and black hair. She is 5’2 to 5’4 and pounds.

The Dallas Police Department is asking anyone with any information about the missing year-old to call Dallas Police Department Youth Operations at

There is also a Go-Fund-Me set up to help the family with travel expenses.

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