Miya Marcano cops search garages and storage units as family believe she’s still alive

POLICE in Florida are searching garages and storage units for Miya Marcano after she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Orlando.

Miya a sophomore at Valencia College, was last seen outside of her home at the Arden Villas apartment complex on September 24.



Yesterday residents at Arden Villas received a letter stating that police would be searching storage units and garages for the missing teen.

"Our understanding is that there will be teams out at the Arden Villa apartments today," a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office told Newsweek.

As the search for the 19-year-old enters its seventh day Miya's family told a news outlet that they believe she is still alive.

"Miya was kidnapped," her aunt, Semone Westmaas told Florida news outlet WESH.

"Miya was kidnapped out of her room at Arden Villas through her bedroom window. I'm calling on all resources, the FBI, we need you.

"We want Miya to be found, and whoever is involved, if there was more than Armando, we're asking you to find them."

Police have been searching for Miya since last Friday night after she was supposed to travel to Fort Lauderdale to visit her family.

However, Miya never boarded the plane and nobody has heard from the student since.

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The prime suspect in the case, Armando Manuel Caballero, a 27-year-old maintenance employee at the complex.

On Monday Caballero was found dead from an apparent suicide.

According to police, Caballero had repeatedly expressed "romantic interest" in Miya prior to her disappearance – unwanted advances that were routinely rebuffed by the teen.

He was also known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter her apartment at 4.30pm on Friday, around 30 minutes before Miya finished work and was last seen.

Speaking to The Sun, Miya's cousin, Caili Sue, said Caballero was "obsessed" and "infatuated" with the teen, and was "constantly texting her" – despite Miya making clear she wasn't romantically interested in him.

"A couple of her friends reached out to me as we were on our way to Orlando to find her," Caili said.

"They mentioned there was a male maintenance worker at her building that had been making her feel uncomfortable."

'WEIRD' ENCOUNTER

Caili said her cousin never shared any of Caballero's messages with her directly nor spoke of any acts of behavior that made her feel uncomfortable.

"But she did share some with the two friends who reached out to me, and they've shared them with the police," she said.

Miya's family began their tireless search for her early on Saturday morning but are yet to yield any concrete leads.

They first arrived at Miya's Orlando apartment block early Saturday morning.

As the family was waiting for police to arrive, Miya's aunt Semone Westmaas encountered Caballero outside.

“He was trying to leave. His lights were off. He said, ‘Are you looking for Miya?’ I said, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘I’m the maintenance guy. I heard you’re looking for me,’” said Westmaas. “I didn’t know who this guy was at the time.”

Caili said the family found the encounter "weird" because they hadn't yet publicized that Miya was missing.

Miya's father, Marlon Marcano, then approached Caballero and asked if he'd been in contact with his daughter.

'COWARDLY WAY OUT'

Caili said Caballero was acting skittish and seemed "quite nervous".

He answered a series of questions from police, claiming to them he'd last seen Miya at 3pm on Friday, before leaving.

Later the same morning, Caballero was captured on video camera getting out from his car at a different apartment building, carrying a pink blanket, gloves, and a black backpack.

Caballero was named as a key person of interest in Miya's disappearance on Monday hours after he was found dead from a suspected suicide in his apartment in Seminole County.

On Thursday, Mina publicly declared him the "prime suspect" in the case.

Caili, meanwhile, said the family has been left furious by Caballero's suicide, accusing him of taking the "cowardly way out."

"We are angry because he's left us with some many questions, questions that may go forever unanswered because there may be things that only he was only present and only he'll ever know.

"I just feel really angry and frustrated because I felt like we had him and then he was gone."

'HOPEFUL'

But the family has not given up hope of finding Miya alive, Caili said.

"We're still very hopeful and determined to find Miya," she said. "We know we're going to find her and that she's going to be okay."

Caili told The Sun that she believes Miya was abducted and is currently being held captive somewhere nearby.

"She's alive, but I think it's possible that she could be tied up or something like that.

"But I know that she knows we're nearby and out looking for her. I feel like she can probably feel our presence in the area."

Miya was last seen wearing a red shirt, jeans, and a black hoodie, according to the apartment complex where she also worked.

She is described as being five feet tall and weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being asked to call at 407-836-4357.



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