Miya Marcano Body Found Dead (Photos) – Miya Marcano’s body was found near the decaying Tymber Skan apartments on Saturday morning, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
“We are grieving the death of Miya as a community, as a sheriff, as a father,” Mina stated. “We can’t comprehend the agony and anguish Miya’s parents, family, loved ones, friends, and our entire community have experienced and will continue to experience.”
Around 10:45 a.m., the body was discovered in a forested area near the Holden Heights apartment complex. Mina said search teams investigated the region early Saturday morning after the leading suspect, 27-year-old Armando Caballero, had his mobile data placed him near the location for 20 minutes after Marcano vanished.
He stated that the agency obtained the records on Wednesday. Caballero used to live at Tymber Skan flats, according to Mina.
According to Mina, “nothing in the documents indicates that he ever returned there before committing suicide.”
An autopsy will confirm the cause of death, and a medical examiner will positively identify Marcano, though Mina stated that deputies are confident it is her because her pocketbook with her identification was discovered nearby.
On Saturday night, more than 100 people gathered at Arden Villas for a candlelight vigil. Flowers and placards expressing affection for Marcano and anger for property management blanketed the grass in front of the building where she resided, while dozens of candles lined the sidewalk in front of the building where she lived.
Miya Marcano’s body was discovered Saturday morning, authorities said. She had been missing since September 24. (Orlando Sentinel/Chasity Maynard)
Miya Marcano’s body was discovered Saturday morning, authorities said. She had been missing since September 24. (Orlando Sentinel/Chasity Maynard) (Photo courtesy of Chasity Maynard)
Many in attendance cried as they listened to gospel music and took turns laying flowers at the memorial. To the song “Up & Up” by Skinny Fabulous, Marcano’s favorite artist, balloons were released at the end of the vigil.
Deputies were only allowing tenants inside the Tymber Skan flats earlier Saturday while police investigated. A medical examiner’s car arrived at the complex as well.
Marcano, 19, was last seen at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at Arden Villas condominiums in Pembroke Pines, according to sources. She attended Charles W. Flanagan High School. She was going to fly to Ft. Lauderdale to see family, but she never arrived.
Authorities claim Marcano worked at Arden Villas with Caballero and consistently turned down his love approaches. After investigators spoke with him about Marcano’s disappearance, he was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Seminole County apartment complex.
Caballero, a maintenance worker at the Arden Villas, had inappropriately entered her apartment with a master key not long before she was last seen, according to detectives. Deputies are not seeking for any other suspects, according to Mina, who believes Caballero was the single person responsible for Marcano’s death “quite conclusively.”
Caballero has previously been accused of behaving violently toward a lady who has refused his sexual approaches. A lady residing at Sabal Club Apartments claimed Caballero threw a dumbbell through her window after she denied a date with him, according to an incident initially reported by WKMG-Channel 6.
He was not detained because authorities were unable to link him to the incident, but she did inform cops. According to Seminole sheriff spokesperson Kim Cannaday, Caballero was the only individual she could think of who would do such a thing. Caballero was a resident of the building and was discovered dead there after Marcano vanished.
Residents in Arden Villas, as well as Marcano’s family, have expressed their dissatisfaction with the apartment complex’s management.
Around the compound, there are signs affixed on the walls. Marcano’s disappearance is being blamed on The Preiss Company, a North Carolina-based company that bills itself as a top-10 student housing provider in the United States.