Sheriff: Remains found at Orlando apartment complex believed to be Miya Marcano

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office provided a heartbreaking update on the disappearance of Orlando teen Mia Marcano.

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They say a carcass found in timber scans on the condominium lake is believed to be Marcano. Search units found the remains in a wooded area near the compound at around 10:45 am on Saturday.

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“Our hearts are broken,” said Orange County Sheriff John Mina. “We’ve found what we believe to be Mia’s remains.”

Sheriff Mina said cellphone records show that the person interested in her case, Armando Caballero, was in or near the apartment on Friday evening, the night Mia went missing. They say that nothing indicated that he had returned there before killing himself.

Sheriff Mina said Caballero lived in those apartments at one time.

Mia Marcano, 19, was reported missing after she did not board a scheduled flight from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Mia Marcano, 19, was reported missing after she did not board a scheduled flight from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Sheriff Meena said that a purse containing Mia’s ID was also found near the body.

A positive identification must still be made by the medical examiner’s office. A cause of death has not been identified.

Marcano’s parents have been notified.

“We are not looking for any other person. We believe quite conclusively that Armando Caballero is responsible for this crime.”

Officials searched the New Smyrna Beach area on Friday because they say Caballero had been there for about an hour last Saturday.

The FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement joined searches in three counties for 19-year-old Marcano, who went missing more than a week ago.

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Marcano went missing the same day a maintenance person improperly used the master key to enter his apartment, officials said.

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Sheriff Mina said Caballero, a maintenance worker at the apartment complex where Marcano lived and worked, is believed to be the only person of interest in his case. Caballero, 27, apparently killed himself; His body was found three days after Marcano was last seen.

“At this time we don’t think anyone else was involved,” Meena said on Thursday.

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The sheriff has said that Marcano had repeatedly “shocked” Caballero’s romantic advances. Detectives spoke to Caballero after Marcano was reported missing, but there was no evidence of him being detained at the time. Upon learning that he had broken into her apartment before she disappeared, they obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Marcano, a Valencia College student, was last seen before 5pm on Friday, September 24; Her family reported her missing after she missed a flight home to South Florida that evening.

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Valencia College posted this message on social media after Sheriff Mina’s update:

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Valencia student Mia Marcano, whose death was confirmed today by local law enforcement officials. The entire Valencia community is mourning the loss of one of our own. and knew Mia or was affected by her death, we encourage you to reach out to help. Free counseling is available through Becare Student Assistance Services at 800-878-5470.”

“As a community, as a sheriff, as a father, we are mourning the loss of Mia. We cannot imagine the pain and anguish that Mia’s parents, family, loved ones, Friends and indeed the entire community has suffered,” Sheriff Meena said. “We offer our deepest condolences.”

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