Search for missing woman Miya Marcano enters Day 5

Person of interest, Armando Caballero, found dead in Seminole County

ORLANDO, Fla. – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office met Wednesday as the search for Miya Marcano, a 19-year-old who’s been missing since last week, entered its fifth day.

Sheriff’s officials would not share the specific location or time of Wednesday’s search.

[TIMELINE: Miya Marcano case]

Volunteers and family members of Marcano searched Tuesday around her apartment complex off University Boulevard near the University of Central Florida.

Family members and OCSO deputies also searched around a Seminole County apartment complex where a person of interest in the case, Armando Caballero, was recently found dead of an apparent suicide.

Family and friends gathered outside Marcano’s apartment Tuesday night to hold another vigil for the missing Valencia College student.

A volunteer told News 6 that she heard about Marcano’s case through Facebook and decided to take the day off from work to join the search Wednesday.

“I was supposed to come yesterday to search, but I wasn’t sure if they were going to be here by the time I finished, so I asked my grandmother if she had a machete, and she was like, ‘What do you need it for?’ and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to help find Miya,” Melony Wyllie said.

Semone Westmaas, Marcano’s aunt, is now calling for the FBI to get involved in the search for her niece.

“I’m calling on all resources at this point, the FBI we need you, we need you to look at everything, all substantial evidence that was provided so far,” Westmaas said.

She said Wednesday’s search had them walking through wooded areas and around rivers and lakes near the Arden Villas apartments and within a 30-mile radius.

Sky 6 captured crews in orange shirts walking around the complex where the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Marcano was last seen.

At one point, it appeared that some were searching a storage unit.

Sheriff John Mina gave only News 6 an update and said they are continuing their search efforts.

He said they are asking anyone with information to come forward, someone that might have seen Marcano in a car with Caballero, who deputies said was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Search efforts may also have led Seminole County divers to Lake Monroe.

Sky 6 captured teams in the water this afternoon.

When we asked the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office if this was connected to the search for Miya, they directed us back to Orange County.

Marcano was reported missing since Friday, but family members said they are not giving up hope and believe she’s still alive.


About the Authors:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!

Lauren Cervantes was born and raised in the Midwest but calls Florida her second home. She joined News 6 in August 2019 as a reporter.