Miya Marcano: Autopsy reveals Florida student died of 'homicide by undetermined means'
Marcano's corpse was discovered on October 3 in her apartment complex's neighborhood, several days after a missing report was filed
The death of Florida student Miya Marcano was declared a "homicide by undetermined means" after an autopsy was conducted by the Orange County medical examiner's office. Despite the fact that there was no identifiable evidence of damage owing to severe decomposition, the 19-year-old had black duct tape wrapped over her lips, behind her rear wrists, and both ankles, indicating some form of attack.
Florida Chief Medical Examiner Dr Joshua D Stephany wrote in the report, “In my opinion, the manner in which she was found, with multiple restraints and her disposition in an abandoned area of an apartment complex, indicates some type of assault, but because of the lack of any identifiable soft tissue injuries due to advanced decomposition, the cause of death is a homicide by undetermined means.”
Marcano was discovered in a black bra, blue trousers, underwear, and black socks, with a white bathrobe knotted around her waist, according to officials. On her left wrist, three metal bracelets were discovered, as well as a metal anklet on each ankle. Her neck was adorned with a heart-shaped pendant and a chain with the phrase "Miya." According to the report, her corpse was "almost totally skeletonized."
Marcano, a Valencia College student, was reported missing from Orlando's Arden Villas on September 24. However, her corpse was discovered on October 3 in the complex's neighborhood. Dental records helped identify her on October 5.
Armando Caballero, a 27-year-old maintenance worker at the building where she lived and who had a "romantic interest" in Marcano, was named as her killer. Sheriff John Mina of Orange County stated Marcano had consistently refused his attempts. Caballero committed suicide on September 27 after being identified as a person of interest in the case. Caballero was reportedly approached by Marcano's family the day after she went missing and two days before he killed himself, accusing him of having an "obsession" with her.
Caballero was photographed carrying gloves, a blanket, and a backpack on the day she vanished, according to investigators. He allegedly entered her residence with a master key just before she was last seen, according to police. There were traces of a scuffle in her bedroom, according to family members. Caballero's mobile phone data led cops to Miya's body.