Authorities in Orange County believe they have located body of missing college student Miya Marcano

Authorities had been searching for 19-year-old Miya Marcano, who has not been seen since Friday, Sept. 22.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County Sheriff John Mina announced that deputies located what they believe to be the body of a missing college student.

Authorities had been searching for 19-year-old Miya Marcano, who has not been seen since Friday, Sept. 22.

Mina said what they believe to be Marcano’s body was found in a wooded area in the area of Tymber Skan on the Lake Condominiums at approximately 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Watch Sheriff Mina’s full press conference below:

An official identification has not been made by the medical examiner, but Mina said they are very confident it was Marcano. He said a purse with her identification and belongings was found with the body.

Marcano’s family gathered Saturday at a candlelight vigil to remember her.

“I can’t even put into words how we are feeling as a family. I feel defeated and I feel like I failed my cousin,” Calli Sue said. “I don’t know how we are going to get through this.

Dozens gathered with candles and signs honoring Marcano.

Marcano had been attending Valencia College in Orlando. She had moved there from Pembroke Pines, where she was a graduate of Flanagan High School.

The man identified as the prime suspect in her disappearance, Armando Caballero, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide.

Caballero was a maintenance worker at the Arden Villa apartments where Marcano lived and worked in the leasing office. Deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest prior to his death.

On Saturday, Mina said they were able to locate Marcano’s body by tracking where Caballero had been on the Friday that she disappeared.

Authorities obtained Caballero’s recent cellphone records, which enabled them to track his whereabouts, Mina said.

Police said Caballero had lived at the Tymber Skan apartments at some point in the past.

About the Authors:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.