ORANGE County Sheriff John Mina announced that a body believed to be that of missing 19-year-old college sophomore Miya Marcano was found on Saturday morning.

The body was found in a wooded area at Tymber Skan apartments, 17 miles West of Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lived and worked in the building’s leasing office.

The 19-year-old Valencia College sophomore was last seen at around 5pm on September 18.

Though positive identification has yet to be made, a purse containing Miya’s ID was found near her body.

Speaking to The Sun, Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, had addressed Miya: “We’re here in large numbers, searching for her everywhere – high, low, and in the bushes.”

Caili Sue said a maintenance worker at Miya’s apartment complex, Armando Manuel Caballero, was “obsessed” and “infatuated” with the teen.

Caballero was “constantly texting her,” Caili Sue reports, despite Miya making clear she wasn’t romantically interested in him.

Read our Miya Marcano live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • AUTHORITIES USED CABALLERO’S CELL RECORDS TO FIND MIYA

    Miya Marcano “suspect” Armando Caballero’s cell phone reveals he visited Tymber Skan apartments where her body was found.

    Marcano disappeared on September 24, shortly after maintenance worker Armando Caballero, 27, was seen letting himself into her apartment with a master key.

    The 19-year-old Valencia College sophomore was last seen at around 5pm on September 18.

    And Orange County Sheriff John Mina announced that a body believed to be that of missing 19-year-old college sophomore Miya Marcano was found on Saturday morning at 10.45am

    The body was found in a wooded area at Tymber Skan apartments, 17 miles West of Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lived and worked in the building’s leasing office.

    The apartments are 17 miles west of Arden Villas, where Miya was last seen.

    Her family said they found her apartment in disarray and blood on her pillow.

  • VIDEO FROM MIYA’S VIGIL

  • VALENCIA COLLEGE SENDS CONDOLENCES

    Miya was a sophomore at the college.

  • CABALLERO LASHED OUT BEFORE

    Before his suspected involvement in the death of Miya Marcano, maintenance worker Armando Caballero allegedly threw a weight through a woman’s window after she turned him down for a date.

    In March this year, Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was accused of being behind the incident at the same complex near Longwood where he was found dead on Monday.

    A 24-year-old woman claimed she was in her room looking at her phone one night when someone threw a weight through her window, WFTV9 reports.

    Although she did not see the suspect, she told deputies she believed it was Caballero, who worked as a maintenance man at the Sabal Club apartments in Seminole County.

    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.

    That night, the incident happened, however, investigators could not officially link Caballero to it and no charges were filed in the case.

  • AERIAL FOOTAGE OF TYMBER SKAN AREA, WHERE MIYA WAS FOUND

  • MIYA’S GRANDMOTHER SPEAKS AT THURSDAY’S VIGIL

  • WHO IS MIYA MARCANO’S MOTHER?

    Also known as the Wassi One, Giselle Suling Marcano is Marlon’s partner with whom she shares a son, Marlon Marcano Jr. aka Munchie.

    She is the bandleader, radio character, and Cultural Ambassador for the Caribbean.

    She has been regularly posting about Miya’s disappearance on her Instagram account.

    In one of her posts she wrote: “Baby girl, you know… Miya is loved beyond measure. You see us. You see her….

    “This is a piece of our world that’s missing… I AM BEGGING EVERYONE TO PLEASE SAY SOMETHING…. DO SOMETHING… PRAY!!!!!!!!

    “Come home Mimi please please please…. Oh Dear God, you alone know… My babies are hurting…”

  • WHO IS MIYA MARCANO’S FATHER?

    Marlon Marcano, the father of Miya, goes by the name DJ Eternal Vibes and is based in Florida.

    The dad said he spoke to his daughter on the afternoon of Friday, September 24, but never heard from her since.

    He posted a plea for help on his Instagram account, where he regularly shares updates of the case.

  • WHEN DID MIYA DISAPPEAR?

    The 19-year-old Valencia College sophomore, disappeared on Friday, September 24, 2021.

    She was last seen at around 5pm at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lives and works in the building’s leasing office.

    The teen was meant to catch a flight from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale later that night to visit her family.

    The missing teen’s father said he spoke to his daughter on the afternoon of Friday, September 24, but never heard from her once she finished work.

  • WHO WAS ARMANDO CABALLERO?

    Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was a maintenance man at the Arden Villas Apartments where Marcano lived.

    Orange County Sheriff John Mina, said Caballero expressed a romantic interest in the teenager which she repeatedly denied.

    Mina added that on September 27, 2021, a key fob which Caballero was known to have, was used to enter the teen’s home, 30 minutes before the end of her shift.

    Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Caballero for burglary related to him entering Marcano’s apartment without permission.

  • CABALLERO WAS ‘STRATEGIC’

    Caballero spent time all over Orange County during Saturday and Sunday, in what Sheriff Mina characterized as a deliberate attempt to evade discovery of Miya’s body.

    “I do think he was trying to throw authorities off the trail by going all over the place,” said Sheriff Mina, “maybe in an effort to possibly get away with this before taking his own life.”

  • CELL PHONE RECORDS HELD THE TRUTH

    According to Sheriff Mina, suspect Armando Caballero made one visit to Tymber Skan apartments–on Friday, the day Miya was reported missing.

    Cell records indicate he was at the site where Miya was found for only twenty minutes.

    There’s no indication that Caballero returned to the apartment complex between Friday and his apparent suicide on Monday.

  • SHERIFF JOHN MINA SPEAKS

    “About an hour ago, detectives notified Miya’s parents of our tragic news,” Sheriff Mina said. “Our hearts are broken.”

    “Everyone wanted this outcome to be different,” Mina said.

  • SUSPECT IN MIYA’S DISAPPEARANCE WAS AT TYMBER SKAN APARTMENTS FRIDAY

    Alexa Lorenzo, a reporter at WFTV in Orlando, tweeted that “cell phone data shows suspect, Armando Caballero was in the area of Tymber Skan apartments Friday September 24, the day Miya went missing.”

    Caballero was present at the apartment complex for 20 minutes on Friday, and found dead by apparent suicide on Monday.

    Details of her manner of death have not been announced.

    An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

  • BREAKING: BODY BELIEVED TO BE MIYA FOUND 17 MILES FROM ARDEN VILLAS

    A body believing to be that of missing woman Miya Marcano was found on Saturday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

    In an address to the press, Sheriff John W. Mina confirmed that the body of Miya Marcano was found at Tymber Skan apartments in Orange County this morning.

  • PHOTOS FROM VIGIL, ONE WEEK AFTER MIYA WAS LAST SEEN

  • ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF SPEAKS

     

  • MIYA’S FAMILY HAD ENCOUNTER WITH ARMANDO

    As the family was waiting for police to arrive to the Orlando complex, Miya’s aunt Semone Westmaas encountered 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,’” said Westmaas.

    “I didn’t know who this guy was at the time.”

    Caili said the family found the encounter “weird” because they hadn’t yet publicized that Miya was missing.

  • FRIENDS SHARE FOOTAGE OF MISSING MIYA

  • WHO WAS ARMANDO CABALLERO?

    Armando Manuel Caballero, a 27-year-old maintenance employee at the complex, is a person of interest in Miya’s disappearance.

    He was found dead from an apparent suicide on Monday.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, said Caballero was “obsessed” and “infatuated” with the teen, and was “constantly texting her” – despite Miya making clear she wasn’t romantically interested in him.

    Now, a disturbing call to police dispatch has revealed how his lifeless body was found hanging in a maintenance garage at an apartment complex by an unnamed woman who told cops: “We found a suicide on property.”

    She can be heard telling police the address and that the body was in one of their garages where they “store paint” and said she believed the man – later identified as Caballero – was deceased.

    “He is dead, right?” she can be heard asking another person before the police tell her they will see them shortly and the call ends.

  • CABALLERO’S PHONE WAS PINGED

    Police were able to get two pings from Cabalerro’s phone at some point after Miya disappeared: one in New Smyrna Beach and one at Lake Monroe.

    A dive team was dispatched to Lake Monroe on Thursday while Caili and a group of other family members handed out flyers in New Smyrna.

    The family has called on the FBI to come in and assist with the investigation.

  • HERE’S WHERE TO REPORT TIPS

    Marcano was last seen wearing a red shirt, jeans, and a black hoodie, according to the apartment complex where she also worked.

    She is described as being five feet tall and weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being asked to call at 407-836-4357.

  • FAMILY HOPES MIYA ‘FEELS THEIR PRESENCE’

    Speaking to The Sun, Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, said her family is “still very hopeful and determined to find Miya.”

    Speaking directly to Miya, Caili said: “We’re coming for you, and if you could send us a sign or anything, or if you hear us in the area, you need to make as much noise as possible.

    “Because we’re listening and we’re here in large numbers, searching for her everywhere – high, low, and in the bushes.

    “Just keep fighting and know that we’re here to get you.”

  • MIYA’S FATHER SHARES HEARTBREAKING PLEA

    Miya’s father Marlon Marcano posted a plea for help on his Instagram account, where he regularly shares updates of the case.

    He wrote: “Mimi, my heart is aching. I haven’t slept or eaten in days. Where are you baby??? Your whole family is here looking for you.

    “We will not stop until you’re back home. I’m slowly losing my mind over here. Never have we ever gone so long without even a text message to each other.”

  • HERE’S HOW THE FBI IS INVOLVED IN MIYA MARCANO’S CASE

    Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the FBI would be helping “in the manner of technology” in a press conference on Thursday, but didn’t give more details.

    “Not including what’s happening today and right now, our emergency response team and others have conducted nearly 30 searches, since Miya has been missing, that spans three different counties and has included about 175 personnel,” he stated.

    • mbers of missing Miya Marcano have recounted a chilling interaction they shared with the “prime suspect” in her disappearance just hours after she vanished.

      Miya, a 19-year-old sophomore at Valencia College, was last seen at around 5pm on Friday at the Arden Villas apartment complex in Orlando, Florida where she lives and works.

      The prime suspect in the case, Armando Manuel Caballero, a 27-year-old maintenance employee at the complex, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Monday.

      According to police, Caballero had repeatedly expressed “romantic interest” in Miya prior to her disappearance – unwanted advances that were routinely rebuffed by the teen.

      He was also known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter her apartment at 4.30pm on Friday, around 30 minutes before Miya finished work and was last seen.

    • WHERE HAVE AUTHORITIES LOOKED FOR MIYA?

      On Sunday, September 26, WFTV9 reported that deputies started searching for Marcano in the wooded area behind her apartment complex.

      The media outlet contacted her parents but were told that authorities have advised them not to speak about her disappearance since this is still an ongoing investigation.

    • WHAT WAS CABALLERO’S CAUSE OF DEATH?

      On Monday, September 27, 2021, during a press conference, police announced that Caballero was found dead from an apparent suicide.

      The maintenance worker had been named as a person of interest in the missing teen’s case.

    • LICENSE PLATE OF CAR MATCHES THAT OF ONE TAKEN FROM CABALLERO’S APARTMENT

      The license plate of the car seen in the video footage that seems to show Caballero taking gloves, a pink blanket, and a black backpack out of his car before walking into a building matches the plate of the car towed away from Caballero’s apartment on Monday.

      Police have not yet returned a request for comment on the footage.

    • FRIEND OF MIYA’S SHARES PLEA TO FIND HER

      A friend of Miya Marcano’s recently shared a plea to find the 19-year-old on Twitter.

      “PLEASE help us find my friend,” she wrote. “There were signs of a struggle within her bedroom & we are very worried about her safety.”

       

    • ONGOING INVESTIGATION

      The investigation of Marcano’s disappearance continues.

      Sheriff Mina said: “Her disappearance is suspicious and our detectives and the family members obviously suspect foul play.

      “We are still doing everything possible we can to find her.”

    • CABALLERO ASKED ABOUT MARCANO GOING MISSING BEFORE IT WAS MADE PUBLIC

      Miya’s family has been searching for her around the clock for the last six days but they’ve yet to yield any concrete leads.

      They first arrived at Miya’s Orlando apartment block early Saturday morning and as the family was waiting for police to arrive, Miya’s aunt Semone Westmaas spoke with 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,’” said Westmaas.

      “I didn’t know who this guy was at the time.”

      Caili said the family found the encounter “weird” because they hadn’t yet publicized that Miya was missing.

    • WHO WAS ARMANDO MANUEL CABALLERO, CONTINUED

      Sheriff Mina added that on September 27, 2021, a key fob — that Caballero was known to have — was used to enter the teen’s home, 30 minutes before the end of her shift.

      Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Caballero for burglary related to him entering Marcano’s apartment without permission.

    • WHO WAS ARMANDO MANUEL CABALLERO?

      Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was a maintenance man at the Arden Villas Apartments where Marcano lived.

      Orange County Sheriff John Mina, said Caballero expressed a romantic interest in the teenager which she repeatedly did not reciprocate.

    • DEMANDING THE SAME ATTENTION AS GABBY PETITO

      People are calling for the same media attention for Miya Marcano that Gabby Petito received after being reported missing on September 11, 2021.

      One social media user said: “Praying #MiyaMarcano is found safe. She needs to be a subject of podcasts, tv specials, and ALL THAT until she’s found. Keep the same energy y’all did with #GabbyPetito and make this young woman trend until she is FOUND. If you saw something, say something!!”

      Another added: “Sure hope the national media devotes as much attention and non-stop coverage to finding this other missing Florida woman, as they did to #GabbyPetito.”

    • TIMELINE OF DISAPPEARANCE

      Here’s the timeline for Miya Marcano’s disappearance.

       

    • VIGIL FOR MIYA

      Family and friends of the missing teen also held a vigil for her outside of her apartment on September 26.

      Westmaas told the Orlando Sentinel that the family wouldn’t be leaving the city “without answers” and until they “bring Miya home.”

      “Keep Miya in your prayers,” Westmaas said.

      “Don’t give up on Miya. I believe Miya is alive.”

    • MIYA’S COUSIN BELIEVES SHE’S ALIVE

      Miya Marcano’s cousin, Caili Sue, told The Sun that she believes Miya was abducted and is being held captive somewhere.

      “She’s alive, but I think it’s possible that she could be tied up or something like that,” she said.

      “But I know that she knows we’re nearby and out looking for her. I feel like she can probably feel our presence in the area.”

    • LAST SEEN ON SEPTEMBER 24

      Miya had been working her regular 9am-5pm shift at the leasing office of Arden Villas on the day she disappeared, according to investigators.

      Miya’s father Marlon Marcano said in a post on Instagram that he had spoken to his daughter on Friday afternoon but never heard from her once she finished work.

      At around 4.30pm, 30 minutes before Miya was due to finish her shift, a maintenance master key fob was used to enter her apartment.

    • WHO IS MIYA’S DAD’S PARTNER?

      Giselle Suling Marcano, known as the Wassi One, is Marlon’s partner with whom she shares a son, Marlon Marcano Jr. aka Munchie.

      She is the bandleader, radio character, and Cultural Ambassador for the Caribbean.

      She has been regularly posting about Miya’s disappearance on her Instagram account.

      In one of her posts, she wrote: “Baby girl, you know… Miya is loved beyond measure. You see us. You see her….

      “This is a piece of our world that’s missing… I AM BEGGING EVERYONE TO PLEASE SAY SOMETHING…. DO SOMETHING… PRAY!!!!!!!!

      “Come home Mimi please please please…. Oh Dear God, you alone know… My babies are hurting…”

    • WHO IS MIYA’S DAD MARLON MARCANO?

      The father of Miya goes by the name DJ Eternal Vibes and is based in Florida.

      The dad said he spoke to his daughter on the afternoon of Friday, September 24, but never heard from her since.

      He posted a plea for help on his Instagram account, where he regularly shares updates of the case.

    • SICK OBSESSION, CONTINUED

      Speaking to The Sun, Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, said Caballero was “obsessed” and “infatuated” with the teen, and was “constantly texting her” – despite Miya making clear she wasn’t romantically interested in him.

      “A couple of her friends reached out to me as we were on our way to Orlando to find her,” Caili said.

      “They mentioned there was a male maintenance worker at her building that had been making her feel uncomfortable.”

      Caili said her cousin never shared any of Caballero’s messages with her directly nor spoke of any acts of behavior that made her feel uncomfortable.

      “But she did share some with the two friends who reached out to me, and they’ve shared them with the police,” she said.

    • SICK OBSESSION

      Family members of missing Miya Marcano have recounted a chilling interaction they shared with the “prime suspect” in her disappearance just hours after she vanished.

      Miya, a 19-year-old sophomore at Valencia College, was last seen at around 5pm on Friday at the Arden Villas apartment complex in Orlando, Florida where she lives and works.

      The prime suspect in the case, Armando Manuel Caballero, a 27-year-old maintenance employee at the complex, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Monday.

      According to police, Caballero had repeatedly expressed “romantic interest” in Miya prior to her disappearance – unwanted advances that were routinely rebuffed by the teen.

      He was also known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter her apartment at 4.30pm on Friday, around 30 minutes before Miya finished work and was last seen.

    • HELP FROM TWITTER

      Others have since taken to Twitter to try and find her as quickly as possible.

      A user who goes by the name Jasmine, tweeted her photo along with the caption “PLEASE help us find my friend,” while another user added, “My heart hurts #FindMiyaMarcano#MiyaMarcano you have an army behind you ! I hope you’re fighting and staying strong just like we are trying to bring you home sweet face, we LOVE YOU!”

    • WHAT HAVE PEOPLE SAID ABOUT MIYA’S DISAPPEARANCE?

      On September 25, Asia Owens, a resident at the apartment complex, revealed to NBC affiliate WESH that there have been multiple concerns about the safety of the complex.

      “A big issue that people who recently moved in have had is that the gate that we have is not always closed and people would like it to always be closed,” she told the media outlet. “I think especially after this, I would agree with them on that.”

    • WHEN DID MIYA MARCANO GO MISSING?

      The sophomore at Valencia College, vanished from her apartment in Orlando leaving behind signs of a violent struggle.

      The 19-year-old was last seen at around 5pm on Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Arden Villas apartment complex in Orlando, Florida where she lives and works.

      Miya was scheduled to fly from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale at 10.30pm that night but she never boarded the plane.

      During a search at her apartment authorities found it in a state of disarray, and one of the pillows had a bloodstain.

    • 911 CALL REVEALS THE MOMENT CABALLERO’S BODY WAS FOUND

      In a chilling 911 call, someone is heard reporting having found Armando Caballero’s body in a garage.

      • SEARCHING GARAGES AND STORAGE UNITS

        Police in Florida are searching garages and storage units for Miya Marcano after she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Orlando.

        Yesterday residents at Arden Villas received a letter stating that police would be searching storage units and garages for the missing teen.

        “Our understanding is that there will be teams out at the Arden Villa apartments today,” a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told Newsweek.

      • WHO IS MIYA MARCANO?

        Born March 26, 2002, Marcano is a 19-year-old girl from Orange County, Florida.

        She was reported missing on September 24 and was last seen at the Arden Villas apartment complex near University Boulevard and Rouse Road.

        According to the Arden Villas apartments’ social media pages, Marcano currently works in the complex’s leasing department.

        Her missing person’s flyer describes her as a Black woman with brown hair and green eyes.

        She is reportedly 5′ 0″ and weighs around 130lbs.

      • DEMANDING THE SAME ATTENTION AS GABBY PETITO

        People are calling for the same media attention for Miya Marcano that Gabby Petito received after being reported missing on September 11, 2021.

        One social media user said: “Praying #MiyaMarcano is found safe. She needs to be a subject of podcasts, tv specials, and ALL THAT until she’s found. Keep the same energy y’all did with #GabbyPetito and make this young woman trend until she is FOUND. If you saw something, say something!!”

        Another added: “Sure hope the national media devotes as much attention and non-stop coverage to finding this other missing Florida woman, as they did to #GabbyPetito.”

      • TIMELINE OF DISAPPEARANCE

        Here’s the timeline for Miya Marcano’s disappearance.

      • VIGIL FOR MIYA

        Family and friends of the missing teen also held a vigil for her outside of her apartment on September 26.

        Westmaas told the Orlando Sentinel that the family wouldn’t be leaving the city “without answers” and until they “bring Miya home.”

        “Keep Miya in your prayers,” Westmaas said.

        “Don’t give up on Miya. I believe Miya is alive.”

      • WHY WOULD CABALLERO HAVE BEEN AT MARCANO’S APARTMENT?

        Armando Manuel Caballero was a maintenance man at the Arden Villas Apartments where Miya Marcano lived.

      • CABALLERO ASKED ABOUT MARCANO GOING MISSING BEFORE IT WAS MADE PUBLIC

        Miya’s family has been searching for her around the clock for the last six days but they’ve yet to yield any concrete leads.

        They first arrived at Miya’s Orlando apartment block early Saturday morning and as the family was waiting for police to arrive, Miya’s aunt Semone Westmaas spoke with 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,’” said Westmaas.

        “I didn’t know who this guy was at the time.”

        Caili said the family found the encounter “weird” because they hadn’t yet publicized that Miya was missing.

      • WHO IS MIYA MARCANO’S DAD?

        Marlon Marcano is the father of Miya and goes by the name DJ Eternal Vibes.

        He is based in Florida.

        The dad said he spoke to his daughter on the afternoon of Friday, September 24, but has not heard from her since.

        He posted a plea for help on his Instagram account, where he regularly shares updates of the case.

      • WHO IS MIYA MARCANO’S MOM?

        Giselle Suling Marcano is Marlon Marcano’s partner with whom she shares a son, Marlon Marcano Jr. aka Munchie.

        She is the bandleader, radio character, and Cultural Ambassador for the Caribbean.

        She has been regularly posting about Miya’s disappearance on her Instagram account as well.

        In one of her posts she wrote: “Baby girl, you know… Miya is loved beyond measure. You see us. You see her….”

        “This is a piece of our world that’s missing… I AM BEGGING EVERYONE TO PLEASE SAY SOMETHING…. DO SOMETHING… PRAY!!!!!!!!

        “Come home Mimi please please please…. Oh Dear God, you alone know… My babies are hurting…”

      • FRIEND OF MIYA’S SHARES PLEA TO FIND HER

        A friend of Miya Marcano’s recently shared a plea to find the 19-year-old on Twitter.

        “PLEASE help us find my friend,” she wrote. “There were signs of a struggle within her bedroom & we are very worried about her safety.”

      • LICENSE PLATE OF CAR MATCHES THAT OF ONE TAKEN FROM CABALLERO’S APARTMENT

        The license plate of the car seen in the video footage that seems to show Caballero taking gloves, a pink blanket, and a black backpack out of his car before walking into a building matches the plate of the car towed away from Caballero’s apartment on Monday.

        Police have not yet returned a request for comment on the footage.

      • WHERE WAS MIYA LAST SEEN?

        According to the Arden Villas’ social media post, Miya was ” last seen wearing the red shirt (seen on the second slide) as well as jeans and a black hoodie.”

        On the day she was reported missing, Marcano was scheduled to take a flight to Fort Lauderdale later in the evening to visit her family but never boarded the plane.

        Those with information are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Officer at 407-836-HELP (4357).

      • WHO WAS ARMANDO MANUEL CABALLERO, CONTINUED

        Sheriff Mina added that on September 27, 2021, a key fob — that Caballero was known to have — was used to enter the teen’s home, 30 minutes before the end of her shift.

        Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Caballero for burglary related to him entering Marcano’s apartment without permission.

      • WHO WAS ARMANDO MANUEL CABALLERO?

        Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was a maintenance man at the Arden Villas Apartments where Marcano lived.

        Orange County Sheriff John Mina, said Caballero expressed a romantic interest in the teenager which she repeatedly did not reciprocate.

      • ONGOING INVESTIGATION

        The investigation of Marcano’s disappearance continues.

        Sheriff Mina said: “Her disappearance is suspicious and our detectives and the family members obviously suspect foul play.

        “We are still doing everything possible we can to find her.”

      • WHAT WAS CABALLERO’S CAUSE OF DEATH?

        On Monday, September 27, 2021, during a press conference, police announced that Caballero was found dead from an apparent suicide.

        The maintenance worker had been named as a person of interest in the missing teen’s case.

      • WHERE HAVE AUTHORITIES LOOKED FOR MIYA?

        On Sunday, September 26, WFTV9 reported that deputies started searching for Marcano in the wooded area behind her apartment complex.

        The media outlet contacted her parents but were told that authorities have advised them not to speak about her disappearance since this is still an ongoing investigation.

      • ‘SHE IS WELL LOVED’

        People continue to react to Miya being missing on social media as the investigation into her disappearance continues.

      • HELP FROM TWITTER

        Others have since taken to Twitter to try and find her as quickly as possible.

        A user who goes by the name Jasmine, tweeted her photo along with the caption “PLEASE help us find my friend,” while another user added, “My heart hurts #FindMiyaMarcano#MiyaMarcano you have an army behind you ! I hope you’re fighting and staying strong just like we are trying to bring you home sweet face, we LOVE YOU!”

      • WHAT HAVE PEOPLE SAID ABOUT MIYA’S DISAPPEARANCE?

        On September 25, Asia Owens, a resident at the apartment complex, revealed to NBC affiliate WESH that there have been multiple concerns about the safety of the complex.

        “A big issue that people who recently moved in have had is that the gate that we have is not always closed and people would like it to always be closed,” she told the media outlet. “I think especially after this, I would agree with them on that.”

      • SICK OBSESSION, CONTINUED

        Speaking to The Sun, Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, said Caballero was “obsessed” and “infatuated” with the teen, and was “constantly texting her” – despite Miya making clear she wasn’t romantically interested in him.

        “A couple of her friends reached out to me as we were on our way to Orlando to find her,” Caili said.

        “They mentioned there was a male maintenance worker at her building that had been making her feel uncomfortable.”

        Caili said her cousin never shared any of Caballero’s messages with her directly nor spoke of any acts of behavior that made her feel uncomfortable.

        “But she did share some with the two friends who reached out to me, and they’ve shared them with the police,” she said.

      • SICK OBSESSION

        Family members of missing Miya Marcano have recounted a chilling interaction they shared with the “prime suspect” in her disappearance just hours after she vanished.

        Miya, a 19-year-old sophomore at Valencia College, was last seen at around 5pm on Friday at the Arden Villas apartment complex in Orlando, Florida where she lives and works.

        The prime suspect in the case, Armando Manuel Caballero, a 27-year-old maintenance employee at the complex, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Monday.

        According to police, Caballero had repeatedly expressed “romantic interest” in Miya prior to her disappearance – unwanted advances that were routinely rebuffed by the teen.

        He was also known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter her apartment at 4.30pm on Friday, around 30 minutes before Miya finished work and was last seen.

      • LAST SEEN ON SEPTEMBER 24

        Miya had been working her regular 9am-5pm shift at the leasing office of Arden Villas on the day she disappeared, according to investigators.

        Miya’s father Marlon Marcano said in a post on Instagram that he had spoken to his daughter on Friday afternoon but never heard from her once she finished work.

        At around 4.30pm, 30 minutes before Miya was due to finish her shift, a maintenance master key fob was used to enter her apartment.

      • CABALLERO’S PHONE PINGS

        Police were able to get two pings from Caballerro’s phone at some point after Miya disappeared: one in New Smyrna Beach and one at Lake Monroe.

        A dive team was dispatched to Lake Monroe on Thursday while Caili and a group of other family members handed out flyers in New Smyrna.

        The family has called on the FBI to come in and assist with the investigation.

      • MIYA’S COUSIN BELIEVES SHE’S ALIVE

        Miya Marcano’s cousin, Caili Sue, told The Sun that she believes Miya was abducted and is being held captive somewhere.

        “She’s alive, but I think it’s possible that she could be tied up or something like that,” she said.

        “But I know that she knows we’re nearby and out looking for her. I feel like she can probably feel our presence in the area.”

         

This post first appeared on Thesun.co.uk

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