• Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

In Orlando, a search is underway for Miya Marcano. The 19-year-old was last seen around 4:30 p.m on Sept. 24, at the Arden Villas Apartments in Orlando, where she worked.

Her family told Central Florida news outlet, she had planned to fly to Fort Lauderdale to visit relatives but missed her flight.

On Monday, the person of interest, Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was found dead, from an apparent suicide. He was a maintenance worker at Arden Villas, where she lived and worked.

Deputies said Caballero had “demonstrated a romantic interest” in Marcano, but she repeatedly refused him. 

“It appears he has killed himself,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said as reported by CNN. “I want to reiterate, Miya is still missing.”

Mina added there was an arrest warrant for Caballero for burglary.

“Her disappearance is suspicious, and our detectives and the family members obviously suspect foul play.”

Thirty minutes before Marcano got off that Friday, deputies said used a master key to enter her apartment.

 

Where is Miya?

According to a missing person flyer posted by the Orange County Sherriff’s Department, Miya was last seen wearing a red shirt, black hoodie, and jeans.

On Wednesday, her family asked the FBI for help to bring her home. Miya is a student at Valencia College.

Anyone who has information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-4357.

Miya is among the thousands of people of color who go missing every year. According to the non-profit, Black and Missing Foundation, over 543K people went missing in 2020 and nearly 40% were minorities. 

Black and Missing

Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson are the founders of Black And Missing.
 
“I’m so grateful for the Black Press,” Wilson told NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. “They have used their platform to showcase [these stories]. Media coverage is important. It could speed up the recovery and add pressure on law enforcement to add resources to these cases, and that’s vital.”

 

 

Dominique Stephanie Waldron

Dominique Stephanie Waldron is a recent graduate from Long Island University with her Masters in Writing and Producing for Television. She is currently a 2021 recipient for The Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation (Shawna Foundation) Women in Film Fellowship. She believes there is always something new to learn and never passes up the chance to learn it. When she is not working, she's writing new scripts, listening to podcasts, meditating and exercising, and most importantly spending quality time with her loved ones.