A 19-year-old college student missing for eight days in Orlando died of “homicide by undetermined means,” a medical examiner’s office concluded this month.
Miya Marcano disappeared on September 24, and her body was found on October 2 in a wooded area at the Tymber Skan on the Lake Condominiums, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Armando Caballero, a maintenance worker at the Arden Villas apartments where she lived, was identified as her killer, but he was found dead of an apparent suicide on September 27. Marcano had reportedly rebuffed his attempts to date her.
Orlando’s District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office said that Marcano’s body was “nearly skeletonized and “in advanced putrefactive decomposition,” according to WPLG.
The medical examiner found black duct tape on her neck, binding her wrists behind her back, and around her ankles. Medical Examiner Dr Joshua Stephany wrote that Marcano was the victim of “some type of assault” but could not determine what type. He said it was possible the duct tape on her neck had been covering her mouth or nose.
“Very little residual soft tissue is available to examine for injury,” he wrote. ” … Examination of recovered bones reveals no evidence of trauma.”
The medical examiner sent away some tissue for a toxicology report, which came back negative for all substances, including fentanyl and cocaine.”
Marcano’s family founded the Miya Marcano Foundation after her death to “support, educate and provide resources to families of missing persons while advocating for the protection of students and our most vulnerable population.”
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[Featured image: Miya Marcano/Orange County Sheriff’s Office}