Police in Texas are trying to locate a man they say is connected to the case of a missing Seattle woman who vanished after a night out in Dallas.
Marisela Botello, 23, was last seen on Oct. 5. A family member issued a “want to locate” report on her the next day, the Dallas Police Department said in a press release. Botello had flown out to Dallas in early October to visit an ex-boyfriend and on Oct. 4 she took a Lyft alone to Dallas’ entertainment district, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Her ex reportedly became concerned when she didn’t return and contacted her family. She didn’t get on her flight back home to Washington and her belongings are at her ex’s home.
On Thursday, police put out a press release urging the public for information on the location of Charles Beltran.
“The Dallas Police Department would like to talk to Mr. Beltran as it relates to the Marisela Botella Missing Person investigation,” they stated. They are calling him a person of interest.
He was last known to be driving a Black 2014 Audi A6 with the Texas license plate MJG3114 in the wee hours of Oct.5. Neither he nor that car have been seen since. His relationship to Botello, if any, is unclear.
Marisela’s aunt Dennesly Castillo told NBC Dateline that the family obtained security video from outside a Dallas bar which appears to show Botello leaving the establishment with an unknown man at around 1 am on Oct. 5.
Castillo also said her niece’s T-Mobile account indicates that she last used her phone three hours later. It has never been used again.
“That to me is a huge red flag,” she said. “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.”
Botello stands 5 foot 2 tall and weighs between 120 and 130 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair and was last seen wearing a metallic purple dress.
Anyone with information is urged to call Dallas Police Department’s missing person’s unit at (214) 671-4268 or email email@example.com. The case number is #177834-2020.