Family of Missing Florida Woman Found Dead Explode Police Response; a video shows a meeting with a suspect
ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – The Orange County Sheriff defends the investigation into the disappearance and death of a 19-year-old woman.
It comes after Miya Marcano’s family shared video of police talking to the suspect at their apartment complex after he went missing on September 24.
The victim’s family lawyer describes the police investigation seen in the video as “inexcusable” and “unacceptable”.
Marcano family attorney Daryl Washington said the apartment complex and sheriff’s office dropped the bullet from the time Marcano went missing.
All of this is said as the family released this video, taken when they went missing, showing MPs and Marcano’s family interviewing the man now known to be the suspect in the case, Armando Caballero.
“Until we figure out what’s going on, don’t beat me,” he said on the video.
“Nobody beats you,” said a member of the Marcano family.
“If I’m guilty, why would I come here? said Caballero.
“You put yourself in the middle here; you brought yourself here, ”replied the family member.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina spoke about the video and what happened, adding that even though they had arrested Caballero by then, Marcano was already dead.
“Unfortunately, detaining Caballero at 4.30am would not have changed the fact that Caballero left his body at the Tymber Skan Apartments between 8pm and 9pm the day before,” he said. “However, at the time this video was taken, our MPs had no reason to detain or arrest Armando Caballero.”
The family’s attorney refuted the sheriff’s statement. When MPs arrived, Washington also adds that they didn’t follow basic protocol like taking fingerprints or calling a supervisor.
“If someone had come out at 3 am and checked the key fob, we would have known immediately that this person was in Miya’s apartment. So they would have had, at that point, they would have had a probable reason to arrest him, ”he said.
Yet the agency defends their investigation.
“Our MPs are not allowed to arrest or detain anyone on the basis of a hunch or based on what someone else says,” Mina said.
Caballero was found dead, apparently by suicide, in his apartment last week.
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