Family Confirms Body Found on Saturday Near Jaguars is Missing Arizona Man

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - On Saturday afternoon, NewsWest 9 spoke to the family of Jason Belin, the man from Arizona who's been missing since January 24th. They confirmed the body found in a pond near Jaguars was that of Jason Belin.

It was news they didn't want to hear. The Belin's have been in Odessa since Monday, searching for Jason.

On Saturday, the Ector County Sheriff's Department met them at their hotel and told them they had found Jason.

Darlene Belin told NewsWest 9, Jason's wallet was found in the clothes on the body and that he still had the bracelet on from the night he went to Jaguar's.

Last Wednesday, NewsWest 9 went out with the family, as they posted flyers around town and begged anyone with any information to come forward.

"Tell us everything you know. Tell us, be honest and tell us everything, what happened exactly, what happened," Sandra Belin, Jason's mom said.

Details from the night Jason went missing are sketchy. We're told his friends got into a fight while at the club, and were kicked out, leaving Jason alone. When he went to find them, he too was kicked out, never to be heard from again.

NewsWest 9 also learned the surveillance cameras at Jaguar's were apparently not operating that night.

On Saturday morning, the Ector County Sheriff's Department requested help from the DPS Dive Team, to search a pond near Jaguar's. Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the team pulled a man's body out.

When NewsWest 9 spoke to the Belin's last week, they said they just wanted to take him home.

"Just want to tell him we love him and we miss him and we just want to take him home. That's all. We love him so much," his mother cried.

The identity of the body found has not been confirmed to NewsWest 9 by the Ector County Sheriff's Department.

The body has been sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.

The Belin's told NewsWest 9, they plan on staying here until Jason's body is brought back in order to take him back to Arizona.