Authorities find body believed to be Miya Marcano

A body believed to be Miya Marcano was found in a wooded area in Orlando, Florida, Saturday morning, Orange County Sheriff John Mina announced. The discovery is part of a joint-agency search into the disappearance of Marcano, who went missing this month. 

“We can’t imagine the pain, the anguish, that Miya’s parents, family, loved ones, the friends and really our entire community have gone through and will continue to go through,” Mina said Saturday at a press conference. “On behalf of the men and women in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, we offer our deepest condolences.”

Marcano, a Valencia College student, vanished September 24 right before she was supposed to visit family in Fort Lauderdale, authorities said. 

Armando Manuel Caballero, a person of interest in the case and maintenance worker at the apartment where Marcano lived and worked at, reportedly made repeated romantic advances to the college student and accessed her apartment using a master key, authorities said. The 27-year-old was found dead in his apartment Monday from an apparent suicide. 

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Miya Marcano in Orlando, Florida.  Orange County Sheriff’s Office via AP

Cell phone records revealed that Caballero was in or near the Tymber Skan apartments on the evening that Marcano was reported missing, Mina said Saturday. “I think we’ll be able to piece together pretty good what happened,” he added. 

Members of an emergency response team discovered what they believe to be Marcano’s body, along with a purse containing her identification, at 10:45 a.m. local time near Tymber Skan apartments in Orlando. 

The conclusive identification of the body discovered Saturday will be determined from a medical examiner’s office. The cause of death cannot be identified at this time, officials said. 

“We are not looking for any other people,” Mina said. “We believe, pretty conclusively that Armando Caballero is responsible for this crime and there’s not any other person or persons that we are looking for in this case.”