2 arrested in Seattle woman’s death in Texas


MIAMI (AP) – Two women wanted in connection with the death of a Seattle, Texas woman last year were arrested in Florida, court records show.

Nina Tamar Marano, 49, was taken into custody in Miami-Dade County last week and remained in jail on Tuesday after she waived an extradition hearing. Lisa Dykes, 57, was arrested Saturday in Orange County, Florida. Texas authorities said they were still looking for a third suspect, Charles Beltran, 31.

News outlets reported the trio are suspected of the death of Marisela Botello-Valadez, 23, who disappeared in October after leaving a Dallas nightclub while visiting from Seattle.

Marano’s arrest warrant in Dallas says police believe she was one of the last people to see Botello-Valadez before she went missing. The woman’s body was recovered in Texas last week.

Neither the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office nor the Miami-Dade Police Department released details of the arrest, the Miami Herald reported. However, online court records show that after the extradition hearing was waived, Marano is not expected to appear in court for nearly two weeks.

An arrest warrant showed that Marano works for a company in Davenport, Florida, about 230 miles north of Miami.

Dallas police said Botello-Valadez flew from Seattle to Dallas on October 2 to visit a friend. This friend said she left his apartment on October 4 to meet some friends at a nightclub, Marano’s affidavit said. A Lyft driver picked them up. She never returned to his home and missed her flight back to Seattle.

Police said no one heard from Botello-Valadez after that evening.

A Texas medical examiner said human remains found in Wilmer, Texas last week were a match for Botello-Valadez.

According to Marano’s arrest warrant, police tracked phones from Marano, Dykes, Beltran and Botello-Valadez to Dykes and Beltran’s home on October 4, the last night the Seattle woman was seen alive.

In December, Beltran’s car was recovered in New York and a hair found in the trunk is being tested to see if it is botelless, the Dallas Morning News reported.

According to police, Beltran, Dykes and Marano left their homes and jobs after the woman disappeared.

Court records in Orange County and Miami-Dade Counties show Dykes and Marano are being held on cursory Texas arrest warrants. It was not immediately known whether the women kept lawyers. The search for Beltran continues.