3 Indicted on Murder Charges in Death of Seattle Woman Who Went Missing in Dallas

Dallas police say Marisela Botello Valadez went missing in Deep Ellum in October. Her body was found Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Wilmer, Texas.
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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.

Charles Anthony Beltran, left, Lisa Jo Dykes, center, and Nina Tamar Marano. (Dallas County Jail)

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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