ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — The family of missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano revealed new details Tuesday concerning signs of a struggle inside the woman’s apartment found after her disappearance.
One of Marcano’s cousins said the family is searching again in Orlando and described how the family found the bedroom. They said there was jewelry on the ground, the bed was not made, and the room was in “disarray,” and that it looked like there had been a struggle.
The cousin said Marcano’s family had always been clean and that the room was “meticulous.” Family members added that blood had been found in the area.
The person of interest in the disappearance of 19-year-old Miya Marcano was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide, authorities reported.
Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was determined to be a person of interest after Marcano was declared missing. His vehicle was found near the scene of his death and has been taken in for evidence.
“If he knew anything, he took that information with him,” Marcano’s cousin said, referring to Caballero.
Crews spent the weekend looking for Miya Marcano, who was last seen around 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Arden Villas Apartments off University Boulevard.
On Sunday, Orange County deputies searched inside, outside and around the apartment complex where she lives.
Marcano’s father said she lives and works for the apartment complex in the leasing office, which is where she was last seen.
Authorities said Caballero had been a maintenance man at the complex since June. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Caballero expressed a romantic interest in Marcano which was repeatedly denied by the teenager.
Marcano’s father said he spoke to his daughter Friday afternoon, but didn’t hear from her when she got off work.
Mina said a maintenance-issued master key fob, which Caballero was known to have, was used to enter Marcano’s apartment about 30 minutes before she was set to finish her shift at 4:30 p.m.
Marcano’s father said his daughter was scheduled to catch a flight to her family’s home later that night, but she never boarded the plane.
Marcano’s family has traveled from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando to speak with detectives.
Marcano is 19 years old, and her family said she is 5 feet tall.
“All we ask you is help us bring Miya home,” Marcano’s grandmother, Joysue Thompson, said. “Bring her home safe, just drop her off and let us know where she is and we’ll pick her up – just bring her home.”
Neighbors said law enforcement has continued to be present around the apartment complex.
“Bunch of sheriffs and everything was in this parking lot and they all come marching across,” Matthew Knapp, who lives near Arden Villas Apartments, said.
Knapp said detectives were searching in the back area of the apartments through trees and near a retention pond.
“It sent chills down my spine, to be honest, because I didn’t know what they were looking for and yesterday the chopper that’s above us now was searching five or six times doing circles around,” said Juan Castillo, who lives near the apartments.
Marcano’s aunt also gave an emotional plea on Tuesday, saying the family is not going to give up hope in the search for her.
“I can feel Miya in my heart,” she said.
Anyone with information on Marcano’s whereabouts can call the OCSO non-emergency number at 407-836-4357. If anyone sees Marcano they are asked to call 911.