Photo: Missing Latina Actress, Mabel Pantaleon, Found at Airport
On Sunday, police received word that actress Mabel Pantaleon had gone missing and was possibly off her medication, which she took for bipolar disorder.
According to her mother, the 31-year-old actress, who had appeared on Dexter and Mystery ER, accosted family members, accusing them of being terrorists, just before she disappeared.
“She was staying with me. She saw something on the internet and got very upset,” Sylvia Pantaleon told ABC News.
Sylvia said her daughter just “started saying a lot of weird things.”
“She said, ‘I’m leaving from here, all of you are terrorists, you’re not my mother.’ I knew it wasn’t her.”
After days of searching, the New York Port Authority found the actress at JFK airport. She was reportedly trying to buy a plane ticket on Thursday when her name popped up on a police database.
Though she was reported to be in good condition and no signs of anything suspicious going on, Pantaleon was taken to Jamaica Hospital in Queens.
Pantaleon’s family said she moved to California to pursue her acting career, but came back soon after and lived with her mother. Though she eventually moved into a place of her own, she lost the apartment and had to move back in with her mother, who said her daughter had no friends and never had a boyfriend.
In 2003, Mabel was the second runner-up in the Miss Latina New York USA Pageant.