Authorities: Body of missing Florida college student found

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This photo provided by Orange County Sheriff’s Office shows Miya Marcano in Orlando, Fla. Authorities say they have found the body of the missing Florida college student who disappeared a week ago. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, that authorities found Miya Marcano’s near an apartment building. (Orange County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a missing Florida college student who disappeared a week ago. A maintenance worker who entered her apartment unauthorized the day she disappeared and later killed himself is the chief speculate.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body in a wooded area near an apartment building. Authorities said the 19-year-old vanished on the same day a maintenance man improperly used a master meaningful to go into her apartment. Her family reported her missing after she missed a flight home to South Florida on Sept. 24.

Miya Marcano’s family, her father Marlon Marcano, center left, hosts a candlelight vigil at Arden Villas, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body near an apartment building. Marcano vanished on the same day a maintenance man improperly used a master meaningful to go into her apartment. (Chasity Maynard/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The sheriff before said Armando Caballero, a maintenance worker at the apartment complicate where Marcano lived and worked, is considered the “chief speculate.” Caballero, 27, seemingly killed himself; his body was found three days after Marcano was last seen.

Marcano had repeatedly “rebuffed” advances by Caballero. Detectives spoke to Caballero after the Valencia College student was reported missing, but had no evidence to detain him at that time. They obtained a warrant for his arrest after learning he had entered her apartment before she disappeared. His body was then found inside a garage.

Cellphone records from Caballero led them to the apartment complicate near where Marcano was found and showed he was there for about 20 minutes the night she was reported missing, Sheriff Mina said. At one point, Caballero also before lived at that apartment complicate.

“Nothing in the records indicate that he ever returned there before he killed himself,” he said, adding deputies are not looking for any other suspects.

Attendees raise candles and phone flashlights to music during a candlelight vigil for Miya Marcano at Arden Villas, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body near an apartment building. Marcano vanished on the same day a maintenance man improperly used a master meaningful to go into her apartment. (Chasity Maynard/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were among the hundreds of authorities searching for Marcano. Meanwhile, friends and family held a prayer vigil and passed out flyers desperate to find the missing teen.

“At this time, we cannot clarify a cause of death, so I don’t’ want to speculate on that,” Mina said of Marcano’s death during a news conference Saturday.

Mina says they notified her parents just hours ago, adding “our hearts are broken.”

“Everyone wanted this outcome to be different,” he said. “As a sheriff, as a father, clearly we are grieving at the loss of Miya.”

Caballero’s criminal history revealed one prior arrest in 2013 for using a destructive device resulting in character damage and discharging a weapon on school character, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

An arrest report said Polk County sheriff’s deputies were called to the campus of Warner University after a report of a bomb going off inside a dorm. The explosive turned out to be a toilet bowl cleaner concoction inside a plastic drink bottle. The report said Caballero admitted to using the improvised explosive as a “prank” on other residents of the dorm. No one was injured.

The apartment complicate where Marcano and Caballero worked, Arden Villa, released a statement saying “all possible employees are vetted by a national background check sets provider,” and no records of burglary or sexual assault were found involving Caballero.

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