Madeline Pantoja: Texas woman goes missing in striking similarities with Madeline Kingsbury case
MIDLAND, TEXAS: Madeline Pantoja, a 21-year-old woman, has been missing since May 10, with Midland Police Department seeking the public's help in locating her. They wrote in their official Facebook page, “She was last seen at 11 pm on May 10th, 2023 at 1711 West Francis. There is no clothing description. Her vehicle and phone are at her apartment so there’s no certain vehicle information right now. Please call MPD at 432-685-7108 with any information.”
According to NewsWest9, the family searched for Pantoja around the place she was last seen and places in South Midland. Ruby Urias, the missing woman's cousin, said, "We've gone to lands over there just empty lots looking, we've had people we don't know searching with their drones, they've sent us videos, pictures of the footage they took. We've had people offer horses to us so that we can search." "It's something we don't wish this on anybody, we never thought this was going to happen to our family," expressed the cousin.
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Who is Madeline Pantoja?
Pantoja is described as 5'4" tall and weighs about 130 pounds. She has long dark hair and has two butterfly tattoos behind her right ear and a snake tattoo on her right arm. Sharing the details of her disappearance, her father Roberto Pantoja said, as translated by Urias, that the neighbors "heard her arguing with her ex-boyfriend and after that we have not known anything about her." Urias said, "She's been a very independent young lady, she gets her stuff paid she's very responsible." The family said she left her phone, purse keys and dog in her apartment, which is unlike her.
Chilling similarities between Madeline Pantoja and Madeline Kingsbury
Following the news of this case, a Twitter user with the handle @Nerdy_Addict pointed similarities to Madeline Kingsbury, who went missing on March 31 and shares first name with Pantoja. He wrote, "Similar to Madeline Kingsbury over in Minnesota, she left her keys, phone, and her purse behind at home before vanishing." AOL reported that Kingsbury’s phone, ID, wallet, and jacket that she was wearing the day she went missing were left inside her house.
Texas | Madeline Pantoja has been missing since May 10.— Ｎｅｒｄｙ 🅰🅳🅳🅸🅲🆃 (@Nerdy_Addict) May 16, 2023
Similar to Madeline Kingsbury over in Minnesota, she left her keys, phone, and her purse behind at home before vanishing. https://t.co/vvfF5iGW17 pic.twitter.com/DQTnOTDsZS
Details about missing Madeline Kingsbury's case
Madeline, a clinical research coordinator at the Mayo Clinic, dropped off her two children at daycare with their father in her 2014 blue Chrysler in Town and County on March 31, 2023, reports Fox9. She came back to her home on the 400 block of Kerry Drive in Winona and dropped a message to her sister Megan Kingsbury. The sister said, "[The text was] just laughing in response to a funny photo I had sent the night before from a trip she and I took to Rhode Island last summer. No one else heard from her after that."
The children’s father reportedly told police he left the home in a dark van around 10 am and upon returning home later “Maddi was not home.” Between 10 am and 1.30 pm, officials informed that a "vehicle matching Madeline’s van" was seen on County Road 12 and Highway 43 in Winona County and south on Highway 43 in eastern Fillmore County. Later, a van similar to Madeline’s traveled toward Winona on Highway 43. “We believe the van remained parked in the driveway of Maddie’s residence from 1.30 pm on," said the officials, states ABC6 News. On April 1, the Winona Police Department announced that her case being treated as a missing person and updated that her phone, wallet, and jacket she wore the morning of March 31 were all found in her home. Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said, "Based on all of this, we believe Maddie’s disappearance is involuntary, suspicious and we are all concerned for her safety." A GoFundMe page has also been set up to aid the search for Madeline. So far, it has collected a total of $20,360.