Police in Orlando, Florida believe they have recovered the body of a college student missing since on Sept. 24
Body believed to be missing college sophomore Miya Marcano, 19, was found in woodland near dilapidated apartment complex in Orlando five days on Saturday morning
A purse with Marcano’s ID was also found near her body, Orange County Sheriff, John Mina, said
Police are still looking for two cell phones and her keys
The 19-year-old went missing a week ago from her Arden Villas apartment, about 20 miles from where her body was found
Her remains was discovered five days after the prime suspect, Armando Caballero, was discovered dead from suspected suicide
Caballero, 27 was found dead in a suspected suicide on Septr 30 in his apartment in neighboring Seminole County
He was a maintenance worker in Marcano’s apartment building and had the key to her apt
In the weeks prior, Caballero had repeatedly expressed “romantic interest” in Marcano and was routinely rebuffed by the teen, police said
Police in Orlando, Florida, have found the body of missing college student Miya Marcano.
The body was found Saturday morning in a wooded area near the dilapidated Orlando apartment complex where the man suspected of abducting her once lived.
‘Our hearts are broken,’ said the county sheriff.
‘Hundreds of Orange County Sheriff’s Office personnel were committed to this case and working very hard. Everyone wanted this outcome to be different.
‘As a community, as a father, we are grieving the loss of Miya. We can’t imagine the pain of Miya’s family, loved ones, friends and really our entire community has gone through,’ Sheriff John Mina said.
Authorities have looking for Marcano since she disappeared from her apartment last Friday
She was last seen in her apartment on September 24. On September 30, the only suspect Armando Caballero was found dead in a suspected suicide in his apartment in Seminole County.
On Saturday, Miya’s body was found less than 20 miles away from her apartment in a wooded area around the Tymber Skan apartment complex.
The 19-year-old was found a little less than 20 miles from her Arden Villas apartment, where she went missing last Friday.
She left behind signs of a violent struggle, including bloodstains on a pillow.
Armando Caballero, 27, a maintenance worker in Marcano’s building with a key to her apartment, is the only suspect in the case, Mina said.
However, Caballero was found dead on Monday – He was found dead in his apartment in the neighboring Seminole County on September 30.
Caballero’s cellphone records put him at the Tymber Skan apartments – where he and his family once lived – for about 20 minutes between 8pm and 9pm the same day Marcano vanished from her apartment.
And nothing in the phone records ever indicated he returned prior to killing himself.
Police then used Caballero’s cellphone records to track his whereabouts, which eventually led the search party to Marcano’s body.
The sheriff said he and his department have already spoken to Marcano’s family.
‘I’ve spoken to Miya’s family on a constant basis throughout this entire week, and so have our detectives, and their hope and their resolve was nothing short of amazing,’ Mina said.
‘Our heart goes out to them. ‘
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Marcano was last seen at around 5pm on September 24 at the Arden Villas apartments on Arden Villas Boulevard in Orlando, where she lives and works in the leasing office.
A cause of death will be determined after the autopsy, but Mina said he’s confident that they’ll be able to piece together what happened to Marcano.
At this point, Marcano said police know he entered her apartment around 4:30pm and was at Tymber Skan apartments, where her body was found, between 8pm and 9pm.
Marcano’s family said Miya, who attends Valencia College, was scheduled to catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale that night, but she never made it to the airport.
While her distraught family was looking for her last Saturday, they said they came across Caballero outside.
‘He was trying to leave. His lights were off. He said, “Are you looking for Miya?” I said, “Who are you?” He said, “I’m the maintenance guy. I heard you’re looking for me,”‘ Marcano’s aunt Semone Westmaas told The Sun.
Marcano’s father, Marlon, then asked Caballero if he had been in contact with her, and her cousin Callie Sue said he appeared ‘quite nervous.’
Sue told the outlet that the interactions had seemed ‘weird’ because they had not yet announced Marcano had disappeared.
That contact, the sheriff said during Saturday’s press conference, was the suspect’s way of throwing off police and Miya’s relatives off his trail.
On Friday night a few hundred people gathered in front of Marcano’s apartment in Arden Villas and prayed during during a candlelight vigil, not knowing the tragic news that would hit them less than 24 hours later.
Six months earlier, a woman living in the apartment complex had accused Caballero of throwing a weight through her window after she turned him down.
The 24-year-old woman told police she had been in her room late one night at the Sabal Club apartments when someone threw a weight through her window.
While she didn’t catch a glimpse of the suspect, she told deputies it was likely the building’s maintenance man, Armando, whom she had recently declined to go on a date with.
She said the man had previously written her a note asking her to go out on a date and she had agreed to go a few days later. But when he asked her to change the date to that same night, she changed her mind and turned him down.
But when he asked her to change the date to that same night, she changed her mind and turned him down.
Although deputies responded to the incident, ultimately the woman declined pressing charges and the ordeal was put down only as a “suspicious incident.”
Marcano vanished at around 5pm on September 24 at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lives and works in the building’s leasing office. She was booked on a flight from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale to visit family later that night but never boarded the flight and stopped responding to her family’s messages.
Maintenance man Armando Caballero was known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter Miya’s apartment at 4.30pm, around 30 minutes before she finished work and was last seen.
The morning after, Caballero was allegedly caught on camera carrying gloves and a blanket, as well as a backpack, out of his car before entering a building.
In the weeks prior, police say Caballero had repeatedly expressed “romantic interest” in Miya and was routinely rebuffed by the teen.
A family member said the maintenance man was “obsessed and infatuated” with the college sophomore, and “constantly” texted her despite her making it clear she was not interested.
Marcano reportedly, also told at least two of her friends that Caballero’s advances and his behavior made her uncomfortable.