Where is Miya Marcano? Missing 19-year-old Orlando teen's room bore signs of struggle

Miya Marcano was last seen around 5 pm on Friday, September 24, near the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She was wearing a blue t-shirt


                            Where is Miya Marcano? Missing 19-year-old Orlando teen's room bore signs of struggle
Deputies started searching for Miya Marcano on September 26 in the wooded area behind her apartment building (djeternalvibes/Instagram)

Orange County deputies are searching for a missing 19-year-old teen, Miya Marcano, who was last seen around 5 pm on Friday, September 24, near the University of Central Florida in Orlando, at the Arden Villas apartments on Arden Villas Boulevard. Deputies started searching for Marcano on Sunday, September 26, in the wooded area behind her apartment building. They have confirmed that Marcano is 4′9 and about 130 pounds. Marcano lives on the complex and works at the leasing office and was supposed to catch a flight home on the day she disappeared. She, however, never boarded the plane.

Channel 9 approached Marcano's family on Sunday, September 26, but were told that they cannot speak to the media, as advised by law enforcement, as this is an ongoing investigation. Marcano's father, however, shared a picture of her on social media saying “this was the shirt she was wearing when she was last seen — there were signs of struggle in her apartment — and she may be in danger”. Talking about the same, deputies refused to share any details at the moment but said that they are trying their best to find her. The case holds the attention of the Internet as the news comes soon after another missing woman turned up dead. Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old vlogger went missing after going on a trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. After Petito's body was found, Laundrie went missing, sparking a manhunt for him. He is still to be found. 

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 Marcano's friends and family members held a prayer vigil on Sept 26 urging the community to come forward and help them find her. The vigil was held at the Arden Villas Apartments, where Marcano was last seen before she went missing. Community members gathered together while Marcano's family urged them to do their bit to help find their daughter.

"All we ask you is help us bring Miya home," Wesh2 quoted Marcano's grandmother Joysue Thompson as saying. "Bring her home safe, just drop her off and let us know where she is and we'll pick her up – just bring her home." "Bunch of sheriffs and everything was in this parking lot and they all come marching across," said Matthew Knapp, who lives near Arden Villas Apartments.



 

 

Knapp confirmed that detectives were searching through trees and near a retention pond in the back area of the apartments. "It sent chills down my spine to be honest because I didn't know what they were looking for and yesterday the chopper that's above us now was searching five or six times doing circles around," said Juan Castillo, who lives near the apartments.

A spokesperson of the Orange County deputies said that "Anyone with even the smallest shred of information is urged to call us.". However, they refused to release any additional information. Anyone with information on Marcano's whereabouts have been asked to contact OCSO non-emergency number at 407-836-4357. If anyone sees Marcano they are urged to call 911.