The search for a missing Florida college student has entered its fifth day.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Miya Marcano was last seen on September 24 at around 5 p.m., at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando. According to neighbors, Marcano lives and works at Arden Villas. The sheriff’s office confirmed she’s a student at Valencia College.
“She left work and went to her apartment, which is in the same complex and just has never been heard from again,” neighbor Anastasia Holland told News4Jax.
“She seemed shy, friendly, and sweet, but more on the quiet side. When we realized who this was, it was concerning anyway because I had a daughter that same age, but (Marcano) was someone I know and talked to so many times, it’s heart-wrenching.”
Family members gathered around Marcano’s complex this weekend and shared flyers. They’re hoping that someone with information can come forward and assist.
“All we ask you is help us bring Miya home,” Joysue Thompson, Marcano’s grandmother, said. “Bring her home safe. Drop her off. Let us know where she is. We will pick her up. Just bring her home.”
DailyMail reports that police found blood on Marcano’s pillow when they searched the apartment. Someone also blocked off her bedroom door, according to police. When investigators got into the room, they noted it was in complete disarray with the bedroom window open.
NEW: This footage was shot on Saturday morning and was just given to @WESH. It shows a man matching the description of Armando Caballero – person of interest in #MiyaMarcano case. The video shows the man park and walk into a nearby building and is carrying gloves and a blanket. pic.twitter.com/z367Tjyuhy
— Senait Gebregiorgis (@SenaitTV) September 28, 2021
During a press conference on September 27, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that Marcano’s apartment was opened with a maintenance master key. A person of interest, Armando Caballero, worked at the apartments as a maintenance employee and reportedly asked Marcano out numerous times. Each time, she would rebuff him, police said.
“This was repeatedly rebuffed…Mia was not interested,” the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators questioned Caballero initially at the scene but didn’t detain him since he wasn’t yet considered a suspect. Police found him dead Monday in Seminole County, from an apparent suicide.
Meanwhile, Marcano remains missing. Tampa Bay Times reports that family members and friends have been assisting in the search, looking through wooded areas, and handing out flyers.
STILL MISSING: The red shirt (left) is what Miya Marcano was wearing when last seen on 9/24. She also had on jeans & a black hoodie.
On 9/27, person of interest Armando Caballero was found dead in an apparent suicide.
We're still searching for Miya.
Call 407-836-4357 w/ info pic.twitter.com/YkLGAQKPWb
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) September 28, 2021
“Think about if you were kidnapped, what would you want to do?” Miya’s uncle, Marc Marcano, asked. “If you’re handcuffed or tied to something in a room, you’re not going to be right next to the window, so you gotta listen for the faintest sounds. Say her name. Knock on the door and say her name.”
A crowd of over 50 people gathered on September 28 and prayed for Miya to return home safe.
Miya is described as a Black female who stands five feet tall and weighs around 130 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.
“Our investigators are working diligently on this case and doing all they can to locate Miya,” the sheriff’s office said.
Anyone with information should contact Orange County police at 407-836-4357 or dial 911.
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[Featured Photo: Miya Marcano/Facebook