Mia Marcano had half an hour to finish her shift when someone used the master key to break into her apartment.
It was the last time anyone saw Ms. Marcano, a 19-year-old woman living in Orlando, Florida, who worked in the building’s lease office and was on a flight to Fort Lauderdale that evening, Friday 24 September. Was.
Police now believe the man who entered his apartment was Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, a maintenance worker in the same building who was found dead on Monday in what appeared to be a suicide.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 836-4357.
Here’s everything we know about Ms. Marcano’s disappearance.
Who is Mia ‘Mimi’ Marcano?
Mia’s father, Marlon Marcano, a DJ in South Florida, wrote after her disappearance last week, “I haven’t slept or eaten in days.” “Your whole family is here looking for you. We won’t stop until you get back home.”
Ms. Marcano, known as “Mimi” to her father, was living and working at Arden Villa, a student housing complex in Orlando, close to the University of South Florida, although she herself was not a student there. .
According to her Facebook page, she graduated last year from high school in Broward County, which also includes the city of Fort Lauderdale.
Colleagues last saw him at the end of his shift around 5 p.m. on Friday 24 September, although it was not until Monday morning that Arden Villa posted a missing notice on his Facebook page.
Her father said that she did not appear for her flight on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, Ms Marcano’s friends and family recruited several volunteers to find her and share the bulletin online. Kingsman, a South Florida nonprofit focused on the safety of women and children, offered $5,000 for any tip for her safe return.
Rebel Advance and Signs of Conflict
Police did not initially suspect Armando Manuel Caballero of any involvement. The 27-year-old had been working at Arden Villa since June, and told authorities he last saw Ms Marcano about two hours before she went missing.
But the sheriff soon learned that he “demonstrated a romantic interest in Mia”, which he had to “rebuke repeatedly”, and issued a warrant for her arrest.
The sheriff also determined that someone had entered his apartment at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, September 24, using the building master key, which was known to be near Caballero.
According to Fox 35, officers found signs of conflict in Ms Marcano’s apartment, including a pillow stained with blood. The door of his bedroom was locked, while the door of the window was open.
Meanwhile, the following Monday morning, the sheriff in neighboring Seminole County followed reports of a possible suicide at an apartment in Longwood, about 30 miles outside Orlando’s city center.
There they found the body of Caballero, who had been “long dead”, apparently at his own hands.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said at a news conference Monday afternoon that investigators found several “suspicious” objects at his location.
‘I know you’re alive. I know you’re there
At the news conference, Ms Marcano’s family members said they believed she could still be saved and urged people to report any information that could help.
“I know you’re alive. I know you’re there,” said his aunt Pia Sarabio Henry. “Fight, because we have your back.”
Another aunt, Semyon Westmas, said: “Keep Mia in your prayers. Don’t leave Mia. I believe Mia is alive.” Her grandmother Violet Delville added: “Please help us find my princess.”
Family members told reporters they were disappointed with how the sheriff has handled the case, demanding more urgency from Mr Mina’s office.
Authorities searched inside and around Arden Villa on Sunday, with neighbors saying they saw a helicopter making “five or six” rounds of the complex.
Mr Meena said: “Mia is still missing. His disappearance is suspicious and our detectives and family members clearly suspect dishonesty. “
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Florida