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Who is Mario Juan Chacon Jr? Madeline Pantoja’s disappearance suspect

BY Anas Shah May 22, 2023. 01:46 am UPDATED: May 22, 2023. 01:46 am

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Madeline Pantoja, a TEXAS woman, was discovered dead on May 20, 2023.

Mario Juan Chacon Jr was arrested and charged with murder in connection with Pantoja’s murder after a 10-day search for her body.

Mario Juan Chacon Jr

On May 20, 2023, the Midland Police Department apprehended Mario Juan Chacon Jr.

Following the death of Madeline Pantoja, a 20-year-old Texas resident, the 24-year-old was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

According to police, he is being held without bond at the Midland County Jail as of Saturday night.

Pantoja’s family told ABC affiliate KMID that Chacon was her ex-boyfriend. They had reportedly broken up just before she went missing.

What happened to Madeline Pantoja?

Pantoja vanished on May 10, 2023, after being dropped off at her flat around 11 p.m. after dinner with a close friend.

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Friends and family were perplexed when the young woman was nowhere to be found the following day.

Her car, phone, and dog were reportedly left behind, which her brother exclusively told The Sun was “extremely unusual for her.”

Neighbours living below Pantoja also reported to police that they heard a loud argument at around 1 a.m. after seeing a pickup truck rush to her home on surveillance cameras.

Pantoja’s remains were discovered three miles east of County Road 190 and County Road 1160 on Saturday morning.

Her cause of death has not been released because an autopsy is scheduled for Dallas County as part of the ongoing investigation.

Pantoja’s friends and family were “desperate” to find her before she was discovered dead.

Karen Ramos, Madeline’s close friend, told NBC affiliate KWES-TV, “We’re just begging God to help us get her back home.” We’re just doing everything we can to get as much help as possible from anywhere.”

Midland Mayor, Lori Blong, even announced a $20k reward for information that would lead to Pantoja’s whereabouts on Friday, May 19.

“I cannot imagine the stress and the concern and worry of Madeline’s family and friends as they’ve gone through this ordeal,” she said during Friday’s news conference.

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