Authorities in Florida are still searching for a missing 1-year-old college student.
Mia Marcano, a student at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, was last seen around 5 p.m. Friday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. He lived and worked in the Arden Villas, an apartment complex one mile from the University of Central Florida – one of the largest schools in the country by enrollment.
On Friday, he was working at the apartment complex and landed about 30 minutes earlier at about 5 p.m., a maintenance worker at the complex used a master key fob to enter his apartment, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.
Mina said that maintenance worker, Armando Caballero, 277, had been working at the complex since June and was being investigated by the sheriff’s office, and was considered an interested person in the case.
“He showed a romantic interest in Mia. Mia repeatedly denied it,” Mina said.
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Caballero told deputies during questioning that he last saw Marcano at work around noon Mina said deputies used a master key fob to enter her apartment and issued an arrest warrant for her after discovering she was looking for him over the weekend.
But on Monday, authorities found Caballero dead in another apartment complex where he also worked in Seminole County, just north of Orlando. “It looks like he committed suicide,” Mina said.
“Mia is still missing. Her disappearance is suspicious and our detectives and her family members clearly suspect she did something wrong,” Mina said.
Her aunt, Pia Scarbriel Henry, begged Marcano to come home, desperate and crying, sending a message directly to her niece.
“I know you’re alive. I know you’re there,” he said. “You know we won’t let you sleep until one night until we bring you home. We miss you. We know you’re strong.”
Her aunt explained in detail how each member of her family was doing everything in her power and praying for her safe return home.
“You’re the princess of the family,” she said. “This family believes in God. We believe in hope, and we have faith.”
Mina said the sheriff’s office red-lined the property to find Marcano but asked for anyone who saw the 19-year-old or Caballero call law enforcement at 407-836-4357.
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