FBI, state join in search of missing Florida student
ORLANDO, Fla .– The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have joined a three-county search to locate a black student who disappeared a week ago. Miya Marcano went missing the same day a maintenance man inappropriately used a master key to enter her apartment, authorities said.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Armando Caballero, a maintenance worker at the apartment complex where Marcano lived and worked, is considered the “prime suspect”. Caballero, 27, apparently committed suicide; his body was found three days after Marcano was last seen.
“At the moment, we don’t think anyone else is involved,” Mina said Thursday.
The sheriff said Marcano has repeatedly “rejected” Caballero’s romantic advances. Detectives spoke to Caballero after Marcano went missing, but had no evidence to detain him at the time. They obtained an arrest warrant for him after learning that he had entered his apartment before his disappearance. His body was later found in a garage.
More than 60 detectives are working exclusively on the case, the sheriff said, and a total of around 176 people in Orange, Seminole and Volusa counties are participating in the search, which includes trained dogs from several agencies, helicopters , diving teams and digital methods. Detectives carried out nearly 30 searches, he added.
Marcano, a 19-year-old Valencia College student, was last seen last Friday just before 5 pm; her family reported her missing after she missed a flight back to South Florida that evening.
“I know Miya’s family and loved ones are going through unimaginable anguish as they try to find out what happened to Miya,” said the sheriff, who urged residents of central Florida to report anything that , according to them, could be relevant.
“We welcome family and friends as well as anyone else who is willing to help,” Mina said.
The company that owns the Arden Villas apartment complex said all potential employees were subject to a criminal background check and no record of burglary or sexual assault emerged for Caballero.
A Florida Department of Law Enforcement criminal record for Caballero shows a previous arrest in the state. In December 2013, he was arrested in Polk County for using a destructive device causing property damage and discharging a gun on school property, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
An arrest report said Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Warner University campus after a bomb allegedly exploded inside a dormitory. The explosive turned out to be a concoction of toilet bowl cleaner inside a plastic drink bottle. The report states that Caballero admitted to using the improvised explosive as a “prank” on other residents of the dormitory. No one was hurt.