Authorities confirmed Tuesday that the body was Miya Marcano ,.
The 19-year-old’s death is still under investigation and a cause of death was not given, according to a statement from Joshua Stephany, chief medical examiner for Orange and Osceola counties.
Marcano was last seen Sept. 24 at her home in the Arden Villas apartment complex in Orlando, about a mile from the University of Central Florida. Marcano was a Valencia College sophomore. She was supposed to fly home that day, but she didn’t make it.
Her remains, which were discovered Saturday behind Tymber Skan Apartments on the Lake, were found. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, a purse with her identification was found near her corpse.
Deputies were in the area because cellphone records showed that Armando Manuel Caballero, whom Orange County authorities called a “prime suspect,” was in or near the apartments the same evening Marcano was reported missing.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Caballero used to live at the complex and was there for about 20 minutes.
Caballero, 27, was a maintenance worker at the Arden Villas apartment complex and had shown interest in Marcano, but she repeatedly “rebuffed” his romantic advances, Mina previously said.
Caballero had access to a master key that authorities believe he used to access Marcano’s apartment at about 4: 30 p.m, about half an hour before the end of her shift in the leasing office.
He was found dead Sept. 27 of an apparent suicide, though authorities were not sure when he died. Mina stated that he was dead for a while before authorities discovered his body.
Daryl K. Washington was the attorney representing Marcano’s relatives. He stated Tuesday that there were concerns about Caballero’s background checks. He stated that he had spoken to someone who was from the same complex Caballero used to work and that this wasn’t the first incident of harassment.
“There was an incident in which he stood in the apartment complex of the lady without her permission,” Washington stated. This has been ongoing for some time. “
Marcano’s family is interested in starting a foundation focused on changing the laws about how certain employees with access to people’s homes are hired, Washington added. Washington stated that although they may not consider it a crucial position, it is very important because people are allowed into apartments. Washington stated that if they are going to allow you to enter an individual’s home, we must ensure that there is a background check and references. You should also talk to former employers. “
The Arden Villas addressed the concerns regarding Caballero’s history in a statement on its Instagram page last week, saying all job candidates are vetted “through a national background check services provider.” The statement stated that there had been no sexual harassment reports and that termination would have been immediately. “
“Concerning Mr. Caballero specifically, no records of either burglary or sexual assault were found during his background check, and reports to the contrary are not based on facts or any reports we have seen,” the apartment complex said.
Marcano’s aunt, Gabriela Sanchez, told Noticias Telemundo in an interview that she never believed a tragedy like this could happen to her family.
“It’s a pain in the chest and in the stomach that we have,” Sanchez said. “I don’t know how we as a family will deal with this pain. “
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