Miya Marcano’s family say ‘we will get justice’ as they gather for vigil after her body was found
After a body believed to be 19-year-old Miya Marcano’s, her family held a candlelit vigil outside her apartment, as they have for eight days since she went missing – this one, they said, will be the last.
Although it’s not the outcome they prayed for, Miya’s grandmother Violet Delville said that the discovery gives the family closure.
‘Miya, we found you. It’s not what we really wanted but I want you to know that we will always love you and we will continue to keep you in our hearts and we’ll never forget what you meant to us,’ she said this evening surrounded by candles, flowers and photos of her granddaughter.
‘Wherever you are, remember that we always love you and we will never, ever forget you,’ she said of the Valencia College sophomore.
‘We are devastated. We are angry and we know our lives have now been changed forever,’ Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, told The Sun. ‘Everyone has been very somber since the announcement.’
Miya’s devastated parents did not attend the final vigil, according toNBC Miami.
The body believed to belong to the missing student was uncovered today in a wooded area near an Orlando apartment complex where the man suspected of abducting her – 27-year-old Armando Caballero – once lived.
After a body believed to be 19-year-old Miya Marcano’s, her family held a candlelit vigil outside her apartment, as they have for eight days since she went missing – this one, they said, will be the last
The 19-year-old was found a little less than 20 miles from her Arden Villas apartment, where she went missing last Friday
Miya Marcano’s family members are pictured today setting up a final candlelit vigil outside her Orlando apartment hours after a body believed to be hers was found less than 20 miles away
‘We are devastated. We are angry and we know our lives have now been changed forever,’ Miya’s cousin, Caili Sue, told The Sun . ‘Everyone has been very somber since the announcement’
Miya’s devastated parents (pictured yesterday on October 1) did not attend the final vigil, according to NBC Miami
Search crews made the grim discovery near the Tymber Skan apartments in Orange County around 10:45am Saturday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a Saturday press conference.
Miya’s family was driving to New Smyrna to search there when they got the news they most dreaded to hear: ‘we were just going on a big search when we were called back and gave us this devastating news,’ Delville said.
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 at the conference. ‘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.’
‘Devastated. Broken,’ Marcano’s cousin Sue said this evening. ‘I can’t even put into words how we’re feeling as a family. I feel defeated, I failed my cousin and I don’t know how we’re going to get through this.’
‘Her life was cut short. She was 19 years old. She had the whole rest of her life ahead of her.’
Once her body has been returned, Sue said, Miya’s family intends to hold funeral services in South Florida: ‘We are not leaving without Miya – we will get justice for her once things die down and we bring her home.’
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
Miya’s body was found in a wooded area around the Tymber Skan apartment complex in Orland (pictured) where the suspect once lived
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.
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 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