FBI joins state search for missing Florida college student

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The FBI and Florida law enforcement agency have joined a three-county investigation to find a missing college student who went missing a week ago. According to officials, Mia Marcano went missing the same day, and a maintenance person improperly used the master key to enter the apartment.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Armand de Brignac, a conservative worker at the apartment complex where Marcano lived and worked, is considered the “prime suspect.” Caballero, 27, apparently committed suicide. His body was discovered three days after Marcano was last seen.

“I don’t think anyone else is involved at this point,” Mina said on Thursday.

This photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office shows Mia Marcano in Orlando, Florida.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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The sheriff says Marcano has repeatedly “rejected” Caballero’s romantic advances. After Marcano was reported missing, the detective spoke to Caballero, but there was no evidence of his detention at the time. Upon learning that he had barged into her apartment before she disappeared, they received his arrest warrant. Later his body was found in the garage.

According to the sheriff, more than 60 detectives are dedicated to the case, with a total of about 176 personnel supporting the investigation in Orange, Seminole and Wolsaw counties. This includes trained dogs, helicopters, diving teams and digital methods from multiple agencies. He said the detective conducted about 30 investigations.

Marcano, a 19-year-old Valencia College student, was last seen before 5 p.m. last Friday. Her family said she went missing after her return flight to South Florida that night.

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“I know Mia’s family and her loved ones are in unimaginable pain trying to figure out what happened to Mia,” the sheriff said.

“We welcome family, friends and anyone willing to help,” Meena said.

The company that owns the Arden Villa apartment complex said all potential employees were checked for criminal records and that Caballero showed no record of robbery or sexual assault.

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The criminal record of Caballero’s Florida Department of Law Enforcement reflects a previous arrest in the state. The Orlando Sentinel reported in December 2013 that he had been arrested in Polk County for damage to property caused by the use of destructive devices and the release of weapons into school property.

According to the arrest report, a representative for Sheriff Pork County was called to the Warner University campus after reports of a bombing in the dormitory. The explosive turned out to be a toilet bowl cleaner formulation in a plastic beverage bottle. Reportedly, Caballero immediately admitted to using the explosives as a “prank” on the other residents of the hostel. No one got injured.

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