The body found in a wooded area near an apartment in Orlando is that of 19-year-old college student Miya Marcano, who died more than a week ago, an Orange County sheriff said Saturday. A medical examiner has not yet confirmed the identity.
After days of searching, teams found the body around 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning near Tymber Skan homes, Orange County Sheriff John W. Mina said at a Saturday news conference.
“We are sure to be identified,” Mina said. A purse with Marcano’s face was found near the body and detectives informed Marcano’s family of the discovery this morning, he said.
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“Our hearts are broken,” Mina said. “Everyone wanted this outcome to be different.”
Before his disappearance, Marcano, a student at Valencia College in Orlando, was last seen on the evening of September 24. Marcano worked at the Arden Villa apartment where he lived and worked while a security guard at the compound used the master key fob to find his home, Mina said.
That repair worker, Armando Caballero, 27, had worked on the project since June and is considered interested in the case.
“He had shown interest in Miya. This continued to be denied by Miya,” Mina said.
On Monday, authorities found Caballero dead in northern Orlando only. Mina said “it looks like he killed himself.”
Mina said Caballero phones sent detectives to the Tymber Skan area, where the body of a suspected Marcano body was found. The records showed that Caballero was on the platform for 20 minutes on the night of Marcano’s alleged disappearance.
Mina said he did not want to speculate about the cause of death of the body found Saturday morning, but said, “We are very grateful that Armando Caballero is responsible for the case, and no one or people we are looking for in this case.”
Distribution: Christal Hayes; The Associated Press
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