the FBI and the Florida The Department of Law Enforcement has joined a search spanning three counties to missing college student who disappeared a week ago. Miya Marcano disappeared the same day a maintenance man improperly used a passkey 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 this time we do not believe there is another person involved,” Mina said Thursday.
The sheriff has said that Marcano had repeatedly “rejected” Caballero’s romantic advances. Detectives spoke with Caballero after Marcano’s disappearance was reported, but they had no evidence to stop him at the time. They obtained an arrest warrant after learning that he had entered her apartment before she disappeared. Later, his body was found inside a garage.
More than 60 detectives are working exclusively on the case, the sheriff said, and a total of 176 people in Orange, Seminole and Volusa counties are assisting in the search, which includes multi-agency trained dogs, helicopters, dive teams and digital methods. Detectives have conducted nearly 30 searches, he added.
Marcano, a 19-year-old Valencia College student, was last seen shortly before 5 pm last Friday; her family reported her missing after missing a flight home to south Florida that night.
“I know that 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 encouraged people in central Florida to report anything they think might be relevant.
“We also welcome family, friends and anyone else who wants to help,” Mina said.
The company that owns the Arden Villas apartment complex said all potential employees undergo criminal background checks and that no records of theft or sexual assault of Caballero turned up.
A criminal history from Caballero’s Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows a prior arrest in the state. In December 2013, he was arrested in Polk County on charges of using a destructive device that resulted in property damage and firing a weapon 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 report of a bomb that went off inside a dormitory. The explosive turned out to be a mixture of toilet bowl cleaner in a plastic drink bottle. The report says Caballero admitted to using the improvised explosive as a “prank” to other residents of the dormitory. Nobody was hurt.