Body of missing Florida student Miya Marcano found in wooded area around Orlando apartment complex
Florida police officers have found the body of missing student Miya Marcano in a wooded area near the delapitated Orlando apartment complex where the man suspected of abducting her once lived.
Search crews found her body in a wooded area around the Tymber Skan apartments in Orange County around 10:45am Saturday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a Saturday press conference.
A purse with Marcano’s identification was also found near the body, Mina said. Police are still looking for two cell phones and her keys.
‘Our hearts are broken,’ Mina said. ‘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.’
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The body of Miya Marcano, 19, – pictured here – was found in the area of Tymber Scan apartments in Orlando Saturday morning
Authorities have looking for Marcano since she disappeared from her apartment last Friday
A map of the major events in the tragic timeline of Miya Marcano’s death. 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.
Police said Caballero was the sole suspect in Marcano’s disappearance. He was found dead by an apparent suicide on Monday
He was found dead in an apparent suicide in his apartment in the neighboring Seminole County on September 30.
Mina said his 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, Sheriff Mina said.
And nothing in the phone records ever indicated he returned prior to killing himself, the sheriff said.
Mina said police used Caballero’s cellphone records to track his whereabouts, which eventually led them 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. ‘
Search crews found her body in a wooded area around the Tymber Skan apartments in Orange County around 10:45am Saturday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a Saturday press conference
Marcano’s cause of death won’t be determined until after the autopsy, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said
‘Our hearts are broken,’ Sheriff Mina said during a Saturday afternoon press conference
Caballero – pictured here – was the lone suspect in this case
Miya’s body was found in a wooded area around the Tymber Skan apartment complex in Orland (pictured) where the suspect once lived
Miya is pictured here during her high school graduation
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.
Mina said during Saturday’s press conference that this was Caballero’s way of throwing off police and Miya’s relatives off his trail.
Last night, a couple 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.
On October 1, a couple hundred people gathered in front of Marcano’s apartment and prayed during a candlelight vigil
This was the missing poster while the family, friends, loved ones and police searched for the 19-year-old Florida college student