A body believed to be missing Florida college student Miya Marcano was found in the Orlando woods after six days of searching for her. Her family is now demanding justice for their daughter’s death and said that if Armando Caballero had been fired than Marcano would still be alive.
The body was found near Tymber Skan on the Lake Condominiums. A purse with Marcano’s ID and items was found near the body, but police are still waiting for the coroner’s report for proper identification. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said that they are “very certain of the identity.”
Following the discovery of the body, Orange County police issued this statement of grief towards the family. “As a community, as a sheriff, as a father, we are grieving the loss of Miya,” Mina said. “Again, we can’t imagine the pain and anguish that Miya’s parents, the family the loved ones, the friends and really our entire community have gone through and will continue to go through. On behalf of the men and women of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, we offer our deepest condolences to Miya’s parents, her family and her loved ones.”
Miya Marcano’s family is calling for justice when it comes to the death of their loved one. They said that Arden Villas apartments, where Marcano worked, lived, and was last seen, are responsible for her death because they didn’t take reports about Armando Caballero seriously.
Armando Caballero, a maintenance man who worked at Arden Villas, was the prime suspect in Marcano’s initial disappearance. Family members said that Marcano told them that Caballero kept trying to ask her out despite her saying no.
Other residents of the apartments had also filed reports against the maintenance man, but management at Arden Villas said that they never received those reports and that Caballero had passed his background check.
Since Marcano’s death, Arden Villas said that they will increase security for their remaining residents. They released a statement and said, “Additionally, we have upgraded our maintenance procedures to allow for appointment-only bookings,” the statement reads. “We are in the process of reviewing our entire security apparatus and will make changes or upgrades as warranted.”
Police also found that Caballero possessed a key that gave him access to any apartment in the complex and that he used that key fob to gain access to Marcano’s apartment the day of her disappearance. Residents of Arden Villas said that it was common for Caballero to just walk into apartments without permission.
Miya Marcano was last seen last Friday at 5:00 p.m. She was supposed to get on a flight to Fort Lauderdale and when she never arrived, her family went to Orlando to check on her. A check inside her apartment showed signs of a struggle, including jewelry on the floor and blood on her pillow.
Orange County police were called in to start an investigation and it was believed that Armando Caballero had something to do with the young girl’s disappearance. Before police could question Caballero, they found him dead at his apartment from an apparent suicide.
An investigation into his phone records show that he visited the location where Miya Marcano’s body was found just hours after her disappearance.
“That data put him all over: Orange County, Seminole County, Volusia County … Again, the reason we were so intense and focused on the New Smyrna Beach area was because he spent the longest amount of time there. He was there for an hour in a marshy wooded area,” said Mina.
Authorities believe that Caballero was trying to confuse police about where he put Marcano’s body.