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Police looking for missing 19-year-old Florida woman ‘find signs of struggle inside her apartment’

Blood on the pillow, blocked bedroom door and unlocked window: Police looking for missing 19-year-old Florida college student ‘find signs of struggle inside her apartment’

  • Miya Marcano, a student at Valencia College, was last seen at her apartment building in Orlando at 5pm on Friday 
  • Marcano was scheduled to catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale but never made it
  • Authorities said they found Marcano’s bedroom door block, window unlocked, the apartment in disarray and blood on her pillow 
  • Deputies search area around Arden Villas apartments on foot and from the air
  • Marcano’s family held a prayer vigil for her on Sunday and pleaded for her return 


Authorities in Florida are desperately searching for a 19-year-old college student who vanished from her apartment on Friday, leaving behind signs of a violent struggle, including bloodstains on a pillow.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Miya Marcano was last seen at around 5pm on September 24 at the Arden Villas apartments on Arden Villas Boulevard on Orlando, where she lives and works in the leasing office.

Marcano’s family said Miya, who attends Valencia College, was scheduled to catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale that night, but she never made it to the airport. 

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She was last seen at her apartment complex in Orlando on Friday

Where is Miya? Authorities in Florida are searching for 19-year-old Florida college student Miya Marcano. She was last seen at her apartment complex in Orlando on Friday 

Marcano lives at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando and also works in the leasing office

Marcano lives at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando and also works in the leasing office 

When deputies searched Miya’s apartment, they found that someone had blocked the door to her bedroom, reported Fox 35. 

The window in the bedroom was unlocked, and the room was disarray. A bloodstain was discovered on the missing woman’s pillow, raising concerns for Marcano’s safety. 

Miya’s father, local DJ Marlon Marcano, posted on social media: ‘there were signs of struggle in her apartment — and she may be in danger.’

The sheriff’s office has not said whether Marcano’s disappearance is being treated as a criminal matter. 

On Sunday, deputies scoured a wooded area near the apartment building in search for the missing woman

On Sunday, deputies scoured a wooded area near the apartment building in search for the missing woman 

Deputies were said to have found signs of struggle inside Marcano's unit, inclduding blood on her pillow

Deputies were said to have found signs of struggle inside Marcano’s unit, inclduding blood on her pillow  

Marcano's loved ones on Sunday held a prayer village outside the apartment building

Marcano’s loved ones on Sunday held a prayer village outside the apartment building 

Neighbor Anastasia Holland described Miya to News4Jax as shy and friendly, but ‘on the quiet side.’  

On Sunday, Miya’s family and friends held a prayer vigil outside her apartment building and begged for her safe return. 

‘All we ask you is help us bring Miya home,’ said Joysue Thompson, Marcano’s grandmother. ‘Bring her home safe. Drop her off. Let us know where she is. We will pick her up. Just bring her home.’

Deputies on Sunday searched a wooded area near the apartment complex and also used a helicopter to look for clues from the air.

Marcano is a student at Valencia College in Orlando. She is pictured above on her 18th birthday

Marcano is a student at Valencia College in Orlando. She is pictured above on her 18th birthday

Marcano, pictured with her father, Marlon, was set to fly out to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, but she never made it

Her dad wrote online 'she may be in danger'

Marcano, pictured left with her father, Marlon, was set to fly out to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, but she never made it. Her dad wrote online ‘she may be in danger’ 

Marcano, pictured on the day of her high school graduation last year,  is 5 feet tall and weighing 130lbs, with brown hair and green eyes

Marcano, pictured on the day of her high school graduation last year,  is 5 feet tall and weighing 130lbs, with brown hair and green eyes

Marcano’s father on Sunday posted on his Instagram page an impassioned plea addressed directly to his daughter: ‘Mimi, my heart is aching. I haven’t slept or eaten in days. Where are you baby??? Your whole family is here looking for you. We will not stop until you’re back home. I’m slowly losing my mind over here. Never have we ever gone so long without even a text message to each other. If your able to read this message, please know that your Daddy and the entire world loves you. Please don’t lose faith. We will find you…. I love you always and forever!’  

Marcano is described as 5 feet tall and weighing 130lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being asked to call at 407-836-4357. 

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