The search for the missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano ended on Saturday morning with the worst possible result. Authorities reportedly found a body about 30 kilometers from her first disappearance. According to Orlando Sentinel, the coroner did not provide an official ID by Saturday afternoon, but police found a purse with Miya’s ID near the body. Her family was immediately informed of the discovery.
“As a community, as a sheriff, as a father, we mourn Miya,” said Orange County Sheriff John Mina. “We cannot imagine the pain and agony of Miya’s parents, family, loved ones, friends, and really our entire community that they have gone through and will continue to go through.”
When the news first broke on Saturday, authorities had not yet confirmed the cause of death. Sheriff John said the body was found around 10:45 am in a wooded area near Tymber Skan on the Lake Apartments. No description was given of the condition in which the body was found.
Disappearance and main suspect details
Miya went missing on September 24th after finishing her work shift at Arden Villas Luxury Apartments in Orlando, Florida. Miya had booked a flight for the same evening. She was supposed to be returning to Fort Lauderdale to visit her family, but she never made it. Authorities previously announced that she was last seen around 5 p.m. that day.
Days after her disappearance, a caretaker at Arden Villas became an interesting person. Apparently Armando Manuel Caballero had shown a romantic interest in Miya, but she repeatedly denied his advances. Investigators found evidence that a master key was used to enter Miya’s home at 4:30 p.m. on September 24. This means that someone who the police believe is Armando entered her apartment 30 minutes before the end of their shift at the apartment complex.
According to the findings, an arrest warrant for burglary was issued against Armando. However, he was found dead by apparent suicide. His Monday was found Monday at his Seminole County home. At that time the authorities said he had been dead for some time. “
How the police found the body and what’s next
Authorities rely on Armando’s cell phone pings to track his movements after Miya’s disappearance. Records show that Armando was “in or near” the Tymber Skan on the Lake apartments for 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the day Miya went missing. In addition to the phone recordings, investigators found that the 27-year-old suspect had previously lived in Tymber Skan’s apartments.
“We’re not looking for other people,” said Sheriff John on Saturday. “We quite clearly believe that Armando Caballero is responsible for this crime.”
Sheriff John also made it clear that nothing in the phone record indicates that he “ever went back there before he killed himself”. Next, a coroner does an autopsy to positively identify Miya Marcano and determine the cause of death.
“It was tragic, it was terrible, we weren’t looking forward to it,” said Miya’s grandmother Violet Deville. “Even though some of us had it in mind, we still had the hope that we would find her alive.”
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