Orange County

Miya Marcano’s family calls for FBI to help with search for missing 19-year-old

ORLANDO, Fla. — Family and friends are continuing to search for a local woman who vanished from her apartment complex on Friday.


Miya Marcano, 19, was reported missing from Arden Villas apartment complex where she lives and works. Read live updates on the search for her below:

LIVE UPDATES: Crews set to search apartment complex garages, storage units for Miya Marcano

5:40 p.m.:

Divers with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office searched for hours near the sea wall along the riverwalk in Sanford on Wednesday.

It’s the same area of Lake Monroe we saw them searching on Tuesday where they also spent much of the day.

READ: Miya Marcano case: A timeline of her disappearance

It’s believed the dive teams are looking for something related to the Miya Marcano investigation. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office directed all questions regarding the search to Orange County.

READ: “A different kind of hurt:” Miya Marcano’s family, neighbors pray for her safe return during vigil

An Orange County spokesperson said they could not comment, but they continue to work round the clock to locate Marcano.

The sheriff’s office wants anyone with information about Marcano’s disappearance to call them.

3:30 p.m.:

Miya Marcano’s family is calling for the FBI to get involved in the search for the missing 19-year-old.

They said they are frustrated and desperate to bring Marcano home.

“I just need Miya home,” her aunt said Wednesday afternoon.

Hear the latest from her family starting on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.

12:30 p.m.:

WFTV was provided the video below by a source. It was taken sometime on Saturday afternoon and is believed to show the person of interest in Miya Marcano’s disappearance, Armando Caballero. We spoke with Marcano’s family about the video and they believe the items the man is carrying in the video belong to Marcano.

A look at the vehicle matches the one towed from the apartment complex where Caballero’s body was found on Tuesday. Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

READ: Sheriff: Person of interest in 19-year-old’s disappearance found dead


Family and friends will be passing out more flyers as they search for Marcano in Orange and Seminole counties.

Dozens of people gathered at her apartment complex, lighting candles and saying prayers, hoping for good news.

WATCH: Family, neighbors of Miya Marcano gather for vigil calling for her safe return

“This is a different kind of hurt,” Marcano’s Aunt Semone Westmaas said. “It’s a hollow feeling that can’t be filled until Miya comes home.”

Marcano’s family says they’re desperate after spending multiple days searching for any clues as to her whereabouts.

They drove to Central Florida from Fort Lauderdale Friday after she missed a flight to visit them.

READ: Miya Marcano case: A timeline of her disappearance

“We are not leaving Orlando until we leave with Miya,” Westmaas said.

Authorities and volunteers have been searching the woods around the apartment complex where maintenance worker Armando Caballero was found dead from an apparent suicide. Caballero has been identified by authorities as a person of interest in Marcano’s disappearance.

READ: Search resumes for missing Orange County 19-year-old after person of interest found dead

Caballero is accused of using his key fob to break into Marcano’s apartment.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.