How Miya Marcano's 'killer' Armando Caballero made mistakes from leaving ID near body to forgetting bloody pillow
MIYA Marcano's "killer" made a number of errors that led police to suspect him after cops found an ID near her body and a bloody pillow in the teen's apartment.
Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, hanged himself in a Seminole County apartment complex garage as the search for the missing teenager ramped up in Florida before another body was found this weekend.
Remains believed to be Miya's were discovered in a wooded area at Tymber Skan apartments, 17 miles West of Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lived and worked after she vanished on September 24.
Caballero, a maintenance worker at the complex, was considered a person of interest after making several mistakes that ensured cops were hot on his trail.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said that on September 24, a key fob, which Caballero was known to have, was used to enter the Miya's home.
Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Caballero for burglary related to him entering Marcano's apartment without permission.
His lifeless body was discovered on September 27 from an apparent suicide. Nevertheless, the alleged killer had made a number of mistakes.
After a tireless week-long search, remains believed to belong to Miya were found by cops in a wooded area at around 10.45am ET on Saturday near the Tymber Skan apartments in Seminole County.
A purse with her identification was found near the body and the Marcano family was notified by detectives yesterday, Mina said.
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Miya's cousin Caili Sue exclusively told The Sun the family is feeling "angry" and "devastated" in the wake of this tragic news and previously slammed Caballero's "cowardly" suicide.
Harrowing images revealed how overgrown fields, piles of trash, and abandoned buildings line the area where the teen's reported remains were found.
Miya, a 19-year-old sophomore at Valencia College, was last seen at around 5pm on September 24 at the Arden Villas apartment complex where she worked in the building's letting office.
She had been due to fly to Fort Lauderdale to visit her family that night but never boarded the plane.
A subsequent search of her apartment showed signs of a violent struggle: the door to her bedroom was barricaded, the room was in a state of disarray and there was a bloodstain on Miya's pillow.
Caballero was also known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter her apartment at 4.30pm on Friday, around 30 minutes before Miya finished work and was last seen.
According to police, Caballero had repeatedly expressed "romantic interest" in Miya prior to her disappearance – unwanted advances that were routinely rebuffed by the teen.
He answered a series of questions from police, claiming to them he had last seen Miya at 3pm on Friday, before leaving.
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New footage obtained by WESH 2 appears to show Caballero taking gloves, a pink blanket, and a black backpack out of his car before walking into a building.
It's currently unclear where the footage was shot, and who by, however, the network reported that the images were captured on Saturday morning mere hours after Marcano was last seen alive.
The license plate of the car seen in the video matches the plate of the car towed away from Caballero's apartment on Monday.
Police have not yet returned a request for comment on the footage.
Mina said search parties combed the area Saturday morning after Caballero's cellphone data placed him in the area for 20 minutes just hours after Marcano’s disappearance.
“Nothing in the records indicate that he ever returned there before he killed himself,” Mina said.
An autopsy is underway will determine a cause of death and a medical examiner will positively identify Miya.
In a statement to reporters on Saturday, Mina said his department has been left heartbroken by the tragic discovery.
Miya's cousin, Caili Sue, told The Sun that Caballero was "obsessed and infatuated" with Miya, and "constantly" texted her despite her making it clear she wasn't interested.
Sue said Miya told at least two of her friends that Caballero's advances and behavior made her feel uncomfortable.
Caili also revealed that her aunt, Semone Westmaas, shared a chilling encounter with Caballero just hours after Miya vanished and she encountered the maintenance worker outside of the apartment.
"He said, ‘Are you looking for Miya?’ I said, ‘Who are you?’" Westmaas recalled. "He said, ‘I’m the maintenance guy. I heard you’re looking for me’. I didn’t know who this guy was at the time."
Caili said the family found the encounter "weird" because they hadn't yet publicized that Miya was missing.
The teen's father, Marlon Marcano, then approached Caballero and asked if he had been in contact with his daughter. Caili said Caballero was acting skittish and seemed "quite nervous".
He was reportedly involved in another unsettling incident with a woman back in March when he allegedly threw a weight through her window because she refused to date him, like Miya. He was never charged.
The woman told police he had previously written her a note asking her to go out on a date and she had agreed to go a few days later.
But when he asked her to change the date to that same night, she changed her mind and turned him down.
It was that same night that she was in her bottom-floor apartment with her bedroom light on when the weight came crashing through the glass.
The next steps in the case "will focus a lot on the autopsy" and completing the timeline of events in the case, Mina told reporters on Saturday.
He added he is confident authorities will be able to piece together a comprehensive understanding of what happened. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.
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