The search for missing 1-year-old Mia Marcano ended Saturday morning with the worst possible outcome. Authorities found a body approximately 18 miles from where he first went missing. According to the Orlando Sentinel, medical examiners did not officially identify him until Saturday afternoon, but police found a purse identifying Mia near the body. His family was immediately informed of the discovery.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said, “As a community, as a sheriff, as a father, we mourn the loss of Mia. “We can’t imagine that Mia’s parents, her family, loved ones, friends and indeed our entire community have gone through this and will continue to do so.”
When the first news broke on Saturday, authorities could not confirm the cause of death. Sheriff John said the body was found at 10:45 a.m. in a wooded area near the timber scan at the mortuary apartment. No description was given of the condition in which the body was found.
Details about the missing and the main suspect
Mia went missing on September 24 after completing a work shift at the Arden Villas luxury apartment in Orlando, Florida. Mia booked a flight the same evening. He was supposed to return home to Fort Lauderdale to visit family, but he never flew. Authorities had earlier revealed that he was last seen around 5 p.m.
A few days after his disappearance, a maintenance officer at Arden Villas became interested. Apparently, Armando Manuel Caballero showed romantic interest in Mia, but he repeatedly denied his progress. Investigators found evidence that 2 September September afternoon: 30. A master key has been used to enter Mia’s apartment in at0 minutes. This means that anyone, whom the police believe in Armando, enters his apartment minutes before the end of his shift in the apartment complex.
After the search, an arrest warrant was issued for Armando for theft. However, he was found dead through an apparent suicide. He was found in his apartment in Seminole County on Monday. At the time, authorities said he had been “dead for some time.”
How the police found the body and what happened next
Authorities are relying on Armando’s mobile phone tower pinging to trace his movements after Mia went missing. Records show Armando was “near or close” to a timber scan at the Lake apartment for 20 minutes between 8pm and 9pm on the day Mia went missing. In addition to phone records, investigators found that the 27-year-old suspect had previously lived in the Timber Scan apartment.
“We’re not looking for anyone else,” Sheriff John said Saturday. “We generally believe that Armando Caballero is responsible for this crime.”
Sheriff John further clarified that nothing on the phone record shows that he “ever got back there before committing suicide.” Next, a medical examiner will perform an autopsy to positively identify Mia Marcano and determine the cause of death.
“It’s been tragic, horrible, it’s not what we’re looking for,” said Mia’s grandmother, Violet Devil. “Even though it was behind the minds of some of us, we hoped we would find him alive.”
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