A maintenance worker suspected to be responsible for the disappearance of a 19-year-old woman has been found dead from suicide.
Detectives in Florida, US, and the FBI are still searching for Miya Marcano who disappeared from her apartment complex in Orlando at around 5pm September 24.
27-year-old Armando Manuel Caballero, who worked at the Arden Villas complex, was named as the sole suspect in the case.
It is said that he committed suicide in the complex’s paint garage.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a press conference on Thursday: “We believe that the suspect we had named, Armando Caballero, is responsible.
“We don’t know all the circumstances involved in what happened there, but he is – was obviously – the prime suspect.
“At this time we don’t believe there was another person involved, but remember, I said these investigations constantly shift and change.
“So, we’re taking all this information in and we would never ever rule that out but he was the main person we were focusing on.”
In their efforts to locate Marcano, Sheriff Mina confirmed that authorities have conducted 30 searches in three different counties. Helicopters, K9 units and dive teams have been used.
“Hundreds of sworn and civilian personnel here at the sheriff’s office and beyond have been working around the clock to deploy all the resources at our disposal to Miya,” the Sheriff added.
Marcano was last spotted near to the garages and storage units in the apartment complex.
The FBI eventually became involved in the investigation on Thursday followings calls to do so from Marcano’s family and politicians.
Congressman Darren Soto, who represents Florida in the House of Representatives, tweeted on Thursday morning: “The Marcano Family is right. The @FBI should assist in search for Miya Marcano.
“She could have been brought across state lines, so it’s key to have their support in the investigation. We will make a request this morning.”
He later tweeted: “UPDATE: We can now confirm that the @FBI is actively working with @OrangeCoSheriff in investigation of Miya Marcano’s disappearance.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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