Mia Marcano was found with her arms and legs tied in black duct tape in the woods near the home of suspect Armando Caballero.
Police revealed graphic details of the 19-year-old’s murder, declaring that “there is no doubt” Mr Caballero is responsible for a pre-planned confrontation that led to his death.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina told a press conference that despite the way his body was found near Caballero’s Florida apartment complex on October 2, there was no sign of sexual assault.
“Mia was found tied with black duct tape on her legs and arms and her mouth was also covered with black duct tape,” he said.
“The way he was found, he was wearing jeans, his shirt was taken off, he was wearing a bra, there was a cloak on it too,” he said.
The orange shirt she last appeared alive in was found inside her purse, which was found in a wooded area of Timber Scan nearby.
Mr Mina confirmed that Ms Marcano had “rebutted” the romantic advances of Mr Caballero, a maintenance worker at the Arden Villa apartment in Orlando.
Mr Caballero, 27, was found dead in an apparent suicide after police named him as the prime suspect in Ms Marcano’s death.
Ms Marcano, who lived and worked in the building, went missing after a shift on Friday, 24 September.
Mr Mina told reporters he had illegally entered her apartment with a maintenance key, leading investigators to believe there was “some planning”.
“I don’t know exactly what that is, did he just plan on confronting her or did he plan it, we’re not really sure, but we’re going to try and parent Mia. Going to find those answers,” he said.
He said, “There is no doubt that he was waiting for her, knowing that she was about to come home from work, and so whether she went voluntarily or not, I can guess that whatever she has so far We know, based on that she did not go voluntarily.” .
Mr Meena said they were still waiting for the exact cause and manner of death from the medical examiner’s office, which could take “some time” as they await toxicology results.
But there is no doubt, Mr. Mina said, that Mr. Caballero killed Ms. Marcano and that no one else was involved.
“I will say again, the person responsible for Mia’s death is Armando Caballero, he is the only person involved in this case, we are not looking for any other suspects, he is responsible for Mia’s death,” he said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Miya Marcano