ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An attorney for Miya Marcano's family and Orange County Sheriff John Mina held separate news conferences Wednesday evening as the investigation into Marcano's death continues.
Daryl Washington, the attorney for Marcano's family, said Wednesday evening that family members were disappointed with their first interaction with an Orange County sheriff’s deputy at 4:54 a.m. Sept. 25 and feel more should have been done at that time.
What You Need To Know
- Marcano family expresses disappointment in first meeting with sheriff's deputy
- Orange County Sheriff's Office has released a timeline in the investigation of Marcano's death
- The Marcano family is planning a funeral for Miya next week in the Fort Lauderdale area
- Protesters are demanding safety improvements at Arden Villas
In a video released by the family, Armando Caballero, who the Orange County Sheriff's Office has identified as the suspect in the 19-year-old's death, can be seen speaking with a sheriff's deputy at 4:54 a.m. Sept. 25, more than seven hours after Marcano's mother called OCSO to report she could not reach her daughter.
The family’s attorney met with the media on Wednesday at about the same time that Mina held a news conference to outline a timeline of Marcano’s disappearance.
Here is the official timeline released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office:
Sept. 24, 2021
2:14 p.m.: The deadbolt to Miya Marcano’s apartment opened by on-call maintenance key fob known to be in Caballero’s possession.
4:34 p.m.: The deadbolt to Marcano’s apartment was opened by on-call maintenance key fob.
5:06 p.m.: Marcano used her key fob to enter her apartment.
5:52 p.m.: Caballero’s vehicle left Arden Villas.
7:01 p.m.: Caballero placed a fake maintenance call.
7:11 p.m.: Caballero contacted the apartment office staff and asked to be let in the gate (The OCSO timeline indicates this was an attempt to establish an alibi.)
7:16 p.m.: Someone used Marcano’s key fob to swipe the exterior lock to her apartment, but does not enter
7:38 p.m.: Caballero left the area of Arden Villas in his vehicle.
8:20 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.: Caballero’s phone was at or near Tymber Skan Apartments, where Marcano’s body was found days later.
9:23 p.m.: Marcano’s mother called OCSO to report that she couldn’t reach Miya.
9:42 p.m.: An OCSO deputy was dispatched to Arden Villas apartments and arrives at 10:02 p.m. to check on Marcano’s well-being.
Sept. 25, 2021
1:36 a.m.: Marcano's name was entered into the OCSO system as a missing person.
4:54 a.m.: A sheriff’s deputy met with Marcano’s family at Arden Villas.
8:47 a.m.: The Casselberry Police Department responded to Caballero’s apartment after a call from Marcano’s family reported Caballero was seen with a glove, backpack and pink blanket.
9:52 a.m.: Casselberry police officers stand by while Marcano’s family looked through Caballero’s apartment with his permission.
3 p.m.: Caballero left his apartment. This was the last time he was seen.
4:30 p.m.: Detectives considered Caballero a suspect in Marcano’s disappearance.
5:44 p.m.: OCSO detectives secured Caballero’s apartment as they wrote a search warrant to submit to a judge.
Sept. 26, 2021
1:30 a.m.: OCSO detectives executed a search warrant on Caballero’s apartment.
Sept. 27, 2021
10:34 a.m.: Caballero located deceased by suicide in Seminole County
Oct. 2, 2021
10:45 a.m.: Marcano’s body was located by OCSO search teams at Tymber Skan apartments.
End of timeline (Scroll down to view the official timeline document the Orange County Sheriff's Office released.)
In the video the family presented, which was shot early Sept. 25 by a member of the Marcano family, family members can be heard pleading with the deputy interviewing Caballero that Caballero was involved somehow with her disappearance and accusing Caballero of being obsessed with Marcano.
“There is evidence of obsession,” a family member can be heard saying. “You are fascinated with Miya."
Caballero can be heard replying, "This is just not on my side.”
In the video from the encounter at 4:54 a.m. Sept. 25, Caballero also tells the deputy why he is at the complex, where he also works, when he is not scheduled to be there for work or to be traveling there for work.
“We are concerned,” Caballero states while someone is on his speakerphone.
According to the Marcano family attorney, family members informed the deputy at Arden Villas at that encounter early Sept. 25 that they saw Marcano’s blanket in Caballero’s car and witnessed a black backpack and a key fob fall out of his lap when exiting his vehicle.
“There should have been a supervisor who should have been called," said Washington, who is representing the Marcano family.
At his own news conference, Mina disagreed.
“There is not enough there in that video or happened that night to establish an arrest or that this person has to be detained," Mina said.
According to Washington, the Marcano family has not received any reports or records of the investigation by the sheriff’s office. Mina said the investigation is still ongoing, even though authorities believe Caballero acted alone.
Rick Raymond, a former police officer and now a private investigator based in Daytona Beach, said he thinks enough red flags should have been set off at that 4:54 a.m. interview with Caballero by a sheriff’s deputy to start an investigation or at least detain Caballero. Raymond cited Caballero being at Arden Villas during hours when he was not scheduled to work and the fact that family members said they identified Marcano’s blanket in Caballero’s car and urged the deputy not to let Caballero leave the property that morning.
“When you have individuals, multiple individuals saying that item belongs to a missing individual and it is in this individual’s vehicle, to me, that would have told me immediately I need to talk to this guy,” Raymond explained.
Caballero was not detained and left the scene shortly after the encounter at 4:54 a.m. Sept.25.
“Remember, that deputy didn’t have all the information that we now have — a week and a half later," Mina said, "So, yes, all that takes time.”
Mina also said at that time there was no probable cause at the time of that meeting early Sept. 25. About two and a half hours earlier, at 1:36 a.m., Marcano’s name was entered in the sheriff’s office computer system as a missing person, according to the OCSO.
Raymond said he believes the first hours of Marcano going missing were the most crucial.
Marcano's family members are now grieving and continuing to look for answers.
“We have said from the beginning, anybody responsible — who played a part in Miya’s death — will be held accountable," Washington said.
The family plans to have a funeral for Marcano next week in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Petitioners protest at Arden Villas over safety concerns
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Protesters took to the sidewalks outside Arden Villas apartment complex Wednesday over safety concerns after the death of Miya Marcano.
Marcano, 19, lived at the complex and was last seen there before investigators found her dead nearby.
Neighbors, friends, family and even strangers called for more safety measures at the complex.
People are angry and grieving, which also fuels the passion to make the change, said Marcano family lawyer Daryl Washington.
“If you really think about it, people who are living in apartment complexes are going to sleep at night not knowing that there is someone who has free access to their apartment,” Washington said Tuesday. “And I think people are thinking about how serious of an issue that really is.”
It is because investigators believe the prime suspect, maintenance man Armando Caballero, used a master key to enter Marcano’s apartment. He was found dead later in Seminole County from an apparent suicide.
Washington said the family will fight for legal changes regarding apartment access and will launch a foundation in honor of Marcano.
“It’s sad that there are so many young ladies and women in Orlando and throughout this country living in fear,” Washington said.
“Young ladies should be focused on their schoolwork, but they’re getting ready to protest because they don’t feel safe,” he said ahead of the protest.
Some of the petition demands include
- More security coverage at the complex gates
- Better lighting around apartments
- Changes to parking and added speed bumps
- More surveillance cameras on buildings and directed at common areas
Spectrum News 13 reached out multiple times to Arden Villas management for comment about the petition, but has not heard back.