Miya Marcano Vigil keep the light on

Signs, candles, and balloons come together to form a tribute for Miya Marcano at Arden Villas on Wednesday. The scene began to build on Sunday following the first vigil held for Marcano. Her body was apparently found Saturday morning, Orange County Sheriff's Office said. 

A body found Saturday morning has been confirmed to be Miya Marcano, the 19-year-old student who went missing Sept. 24. 

The Medical Examiner's Office sent out a notification Tuesday that the body yielded a positive identification for Marcano. 

The family's legal representation, Washington Law Firm, P.C., put out a statement Saturday in their behalf, saying the family won't speaking to the press for now. 

"It is every parent's worst nightmare," the statement said. “We want to stress that we believe her disappearance and consequential death were 100% preventable, and we intend to hold those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law." 

On Saturday morning, nine days after her disappearance, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said in a press conference her body was found in the wooded area near Tymber Skan on the Lake Condominiums. Marcano's purse and I.D. were found near her body. 

"Obviously, this is not the update I wanted to give everyone," Mina said. "Our hearts are broken."

The sheriff said the investigation revealed Armando Manuel Caballero, the person of interest in the case, had his cell phone ping him in that area Friday evening, just hours after Marcano was last seen alive. He was there for about 20 minutes, Mina said, and never returned to that spot.

"Everyone wanted this outcome to be different," Mina said. 

An autopsy still has to be conducted to determine with certainty the cause of death, Mina said, to avoid speculation.

Originally, efforts to search for Marcano had heavily focused on New Smyrna Beach Thursday and Friday because another cell phone ping placed Caballero there for about an hour between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m. Saturday, Mina said. 

The search for Marcano spanned 30 search areas with at least 175 personnel across three counties, Orange, Seminole and Volusia, with several groups, organizations and individuals across the U.S. becoming actively involved in joining police, family and friends in the efforts to find her. 

The 19-year-old Valencia student was last seen Sept. 24 at 5:00 p.m. at Arden Villas apartments where she resided and worked as an office staff member. Her family reported her missing when she missed a flight that night for South Florida and did not communicate on her phone.

Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was the only person of interest in her disappearance and was found dead of apparent suicide Monday morning, officials said. 

Marcano's family has been notified, the sheriff said. 

“We can’t imagine the pain and anguish Miya’s parents, her family, the loved ones, the friends, and really our entire community have gone through and will continue to go through," Mina said.

This is a developing story. Check back with NSM for updates.

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