/  10.21.2021


The family of Miya Marcano, the young woman who went missing and was later found dead in a wooded area, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her apartment complex and the company that manages it.

The suit, which was filed on Monday (Oct. 18), alleges negligence by the companies that operate and own the Arden Villas Luxury Apartments — where Marcano lived — in Orlando, Florida. The claim names Arden Villas Apartments LLC, which controls and manages the business, and The Preiss Company, which operates and runs the apartment complex.

It also alleges that Armando Manuel Caballero, who worked as a maintenance employee at the apartments and killed himself after Marcano’s disappearance, committed battery against the college student.

“Arden Villas gave Armando Caballero the unfettered access he needed to kill Miya. They need to be held accountable for their negligence,” Attorney Daryl K. Washington, who represents the family, said Tuesday (Oct. 19) in a news release.

As REVOLT previously reported, Marcano went missing on Sept. 24 and she was last seen at the Arden Villas apartment complex. Caballero, who authorities named a “prime suspect” in her disappearance, was found dead three days later from an apparent suicide after his car and home were searched.

Investigators believe Caballero used the master key fob to enter the young woman’s home without her permission. “We now know that a maintenance-issued master key fob, which Caballero was known to be in possession of, was used to enter Miya’s apartment Friday afternoon (Sept. 24), at about 4:30,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina previously said. “This would have been about 30 minutes before she should finish her shift at the apartment complex.

On Oct. 2, Marcano’s body was found in a wooded area of an apartment complex that Caballero used to reside in. Her hands and feet were bound and her mouth was covered with duct tape, according to authorities.

The lawsuit is seeking more than $30,000 in damages and is asking for a trial by jury.

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