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Relatives say Miya Marcano, 19, “kidnapped” and taken out of apartment window


As the search for Miya Marcano, 19, enters its sixth day, family members have revealed more about what allegedly happened to her. Residents received a letter from Arden Villas telling them law enforcement would enter their storage units and garages on Thursday as they continue their investigation. Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigators were seen walking through the apartment complex on Wednesday. Arden Villas is the complex where Miya Marcano works and lives. It was also where Armando Caballero, 27, the person of interest in the case, worked as a maintenance worker before he was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide. Marcano’s family believe she is alive and have revealed that the evidence in her bedroom shows that she was taken out the window, not the front door. “Miya was kidnapped. Miya was taken from her room at Arden Villas through her bedroom window. I’m calling all resources, the FBI, we need you,” said Miya’s aunt Semone Westmaas. “We want Miya to be found, and whoever is involved, if there was more than Armando, we ask you to find them.” The last time Miya was seen, Miya Marcano was last seen leaving her job around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. She worked at Arden Villas and also lived there. Her family said they booked a Friday night flight to Fort Lauderdale, but were never able to get on the plane. Caballero was determined to be a Person of Interest after Marcano went missing. His vehicle was found near the place of his death and was taken as evidence. Authorities said Caballero had been a maintenance worker at the complex since June. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Caballero expressed a romantic interest in Marcano, which the teenager has repeatedly denied. The main issued key fob, which Caballero was known to have, was used to enter Marcano’s apartment about 30 minutes before she finished her shift at 4:30 p.m. Miya Marcano’s aunt Semone Westmaas said she met Armando Caballero on Saturday. A cell phone video was shot on the same day that appears to show him in the parking lot of an apartment complex. It was two days before he apparently killed himself. “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 manager. I heard you were looking for me, ”Westmaas said. “I didn’t know who this guy was at the time. David Thomas is a professor of forensic studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, a senior researcher at the National Police Foundation, and a retired police officer. He says the meticulous work that goes on at this point in the case can be time consuming. to find out more about the life of the victim, and it’s called victimology, ”he said. “You are really doing a study of this person to find out all of their origins, what their connections are, the things that they have been involved in.” “Literally go into her residence and tear her up with a fine comb, ‘You’re looking for shreds of evidence, clues or ideas and you want to eliminate all possibilities,” Thomas said. “The suspect, you’re looking for information, things that are going to tie you to it. “He says if someone goes missing, technology now plays a big role. in this house,” Thomas said. “To narrow down this issue, he It usually takes about a month to get that digital fingerprint and know exactly where that phone was. ”

As the search for Miya Marcano, 19, enters its sixth day, family members have revealed more of what allegedly happened to her.

Residents received a letter from Arden Villas telling them law enforcement would enter their storage units and garages on Thursday as they continued their investigation.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigators were seen walking through the apartment complex on Wednesday.

Arden Villas is the complex where Miya Marcano works and lives. It was also where Armando Caballero, 27, the person of interest in the case, worked as a maintenance worker before he was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide.

Marcano’s family believe she is alive and have revealed that the evidence in her bedroom shows that she was taken out the window, not the front door.

“Miya was kidnapped. Miya was taken from her room at Arden Villas through her bedroom window. I’m calling all resources, the FBI, we need you,” said Miya’s aunt Semone Westmaas. “We want Miya to be found, and whoever is involved, if there was more than Armando, we ask you to find them.”

The last Miya was seen

Miya Marcano was last seen quitting her job around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. She worked at Arden Villas and also lived there. Her family said they booked a Friday night flight to Fort Lauderdale, but were never able to get on the plane.

Caballero was determined to be a Person of Interest after Marcano went missing. His vehicle was found near the place of his death and was taken as evidence.

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 the teenager has repeatedly denied.

Marcano’s father said he spoke to his daughter on Friday afternoon, but had not heard from her when she got out of work.

Mina said an interview-issued master keychain, which Caballero was known to have, was used to enter Marcano’s apartment about 30 minutes before she finished her shift at 4:30 p.m.

Miya Marcano’s aunt Semone Westmaas said she met Armando Caballero on Saturday. A cell phone video was shot on the same day that appears to show him in the parking lot of an apartment complex. It was two days before he apparently committed suicide.

“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 manager. I heard you were looking for me, ”Westmaas said. “I didn’t know who this guy was at the time.”

Forensic expert gives perspective on case

Dr David Thomas is Professor of Forensic Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Senior Researcher at the National Police Foundation, and a retired police officer.

He says the meticulous work that goes on at this point in the case can be time consuming.

“You really have to learn more about the victim’s life, and it’s called victimology,” he said. “You are really doing a study of this person to find out their entire journey, what their connections are, the things that they have been involved in.”

“Literally going into your residence and tearing it up with a fine comb is looking for shreds of evidence, clues or ideas and you want to eliminate all possibilities,” Thomas said. “The suspect, you’re looking for information, things that will bind you to her.”

He says that in the case of a missing person, technology now plays a big role.

“Our cell phones, when we walk past a house, they register at that house,” Thomas said. “To narrow down that number, it usually takes about a month to get that digital fingerprint and know exactly where that phone was.”

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