The family of 19-year-old Mia Marcano, who went missing from her Florida apartment and was later found dead in a forest, has filed a false death lawsuit against her apartment complex and the company that operates it.
The lawsuit filed earlier this week alleges negligence on the part of the owners and operators of the Arden Villas Luxury Apartment in Orlando, where Mia lived and worked, according to CNN. The lawsuit seeks more than 30,000 in damages, including interest, costs and attorneys’ fees.
The lawsuit also alleges that Armando Manuel Caballero, a maintenance worker at the Arden Villas apartment, and the main suspect in Mia’s death, who took his own life after his disappearance, had batteries, investigators said.
Mia went missing on September 24 after failing to board a flight home, and on October 2 her body was found in a forest near an apartment complex where Caballero once lived. According to officials, Mia’s hands and feet were tied and her face was covered with tape.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina previously said investigators “admirably believe Armando Caballero was responsible for Mia’s death” and named the case as Caballero’s property as the defendant.
Authorities say they believe Caballero, who was found dead on Sept. 27, entered Mia’s apartment without her permission.
“We now know that a maintenance-issued master key fob, which was reportedly in Caballero’s possession, was used to enter Meyer’s apartment around 4:30 pm on Friday. It will be about 30 minutes before he finishes his shift in the apartment complex, ”Mina said earlier.
The family wants to blame the apartment complex.
“Arden Villas gave Armando Caballero the unrestricted access he needed to kill Mia. They need to be held accountable for their negligence, “said family attorney Daryl K. Washington said in a press release.
The lawsuit alleges Mia was uncomfortable because Caballero was interested in her and her family felt the apartment did not take her concerns seriously.
“Marcano expressed his concern to Arden Villa’s employees as well as his parents who were concerned that Arden Villa’s managers, employees and tenants were not taking safety concerns very seriously,” the lawsuit says.
CNN reached out to Preiss Company for comment.
According to the filing, the case seeks justice by a jury.
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