On Wednesday morning, Orange County Sheriff John Mina held a press conference updating the media on the investigation of Miya Marcano's disappearance and death.
"There's no indication that there was sexual assault of any kind," Mina said.
The 19-year-old Valencia College student was last seen Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. at Arden Villas Apartments where she lived and worked as an office staff member. After an eight-day search her body was found Saturday in the wooded area near Tymber Creek, another apartment complex.
Marcano's body was wearing jeans and a bra with a robe. Her hands and feet were bound by black duct tape, and her mouth was also taped shut, Mina said. The red Preiss Co. shirt she was reported to be last seen wearing was stuffed inside her purse, which laid near her body in the woods.
Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, a maintenance man at Arden Villas apartments, was the only person of interest in Marcano's case before he was found dead of suicide by Seminole County deputies Monday morning. A timeline of the case released by OCSO Wednesday showed Caballero was found to have used the maintenance master key fob to let himself into Marcano's apartment at 4:34 p.m.
"There is no doubt," Mina said, "Caballero lied in wait for Marcano to come home from work before he attacked her."
The sheriff used the time to say why it took as long as it did to get a warrant on Caballero and find Marcano, as the family released a video showing their encounter confronting Caballero with an OCSO deputy just eight hours after Marcano went missing. The video shows that, after talking to Caballero, the deputy let him to drive away.
"At the time the video was taken there was no basis for our deputies to detain or arrest Armando Caballero," Mina said.
The timeline showed Caballero's phone pinged him at Tymber Skan around 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 24. Marcano's mom called OCSO at 9:23 p.m. Marcano was entered into the system as "missing" at 1:36 a.m. the next day.
"The person responsible for Miya's death is Armando Caballero," Mina said. "She was already left dead at Tymber Skan apartments before we were ever called."
The sheriff said they’re still waiting to learn Marcano’s exact cause of death from the Medical Examiner’s Office to avoid speculations. He said an investigation to find out more and give the family the answers they seek will continue, including if Caballero's attack was planned out.
"I know as a parent myself I would feel so upset, and I would want answers, and I would want to place blame," Mina said. "We're going to look into every part of this investigation to make sure everything possible was done in our quest to find Miya."
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