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Search continues for Miya Marcano

'We're still doing everything possible we can to find her,' sheriff says
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Posted at 10:04 PM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-29 08:05:19-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Right now, it's as if Miya Marcano has disappeared into thin air. But the Orange County sheriff said he suspects foul play in her disappearance.

"We're still doing everything possible we can to find her," Sheriff John Mina said.

Orange County deputies dressed in orange shirts search wooded areas and sandlots for the 19-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman and Valencia College student.

Mina said information will be the key to finding Miya.

"No bit of information is too small or too insignificant," the sheriff said. "If someone knows of something, saw something, recognizes her face, we will take that information."

There's also a search happening inside the complex where the main suspect, Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide.

People who received flyers of Mircano said they recognize Caballero, who worked maintenance for the complex.

In June, authorities said Caballero started working at the Arden Villas. While working at the complex, he met Marcano. Investigators believe Caballero went into Marcano's place Friday. Loved ones said there were signs of a struggle and blood was found on her pillow.

"Like a nosebleed -- like your head on a pillow and had a nose bleed," Semone Westmaas, Marcano's aunt, said.

Westmaas said dozens of family members have been in central Florida since the weekend. She said when she arrived, Caballero came up to her. At the time, he wasn't a known suspect.

"He said, 'Are you looking for Miya?'" Westmaas recalled. "I said, 'Who are you?' He said, 'I'm the maintenance guy. I hear you're looking for me.'"

Marcano's family members are not sure if they will be out searching Wednesday. They said that will depend on any new leads.