The Orange County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that deputies located what they believe to be the body of missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano.
In a news conference, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said what they believe to be Marcano’s body was found in a wooded area in the area of Tymber Skan on the Lake Condominiums at approximately 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
"About an hour ago detectives notified Miya's parents of our tragic news," Mina said. "Our hearts are broken, and I told you Thursday that hundreds of Orange County Sheriff's Office personnel were committed to this case and working very hard. Everyone wanted this outcome to be different."
Marcano had not been seen since Wednesday, September 22.
Although an official identification has not been made by a medical examiner, Mina said they are very confident it was Marcano.
"Although we are very certain of the identity, the positive identification will have to come from the medical examiner's office," Mina said. "At this time. We cannot identify a cause of death, so I don't want to speculate on that. The most important thing right now is that unfortunately we have found what we believe to be the remains of Miya."
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A purse with her identification and belongings was found with the body, Mina said.
The man identified as the prime suspect, Armando Cabellero, was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday.
Deputies were able to locate Marcano's body by tracking Cabellero's cell phone records and it led them to the location where he had been on the Friday she disappeared, Mina said.
"As a community, as a sheriff, as a father, you know, obviously we are grieving the loss of Miya. Again, we can't imagine the pain and anguish that Miya's parents, the family, the loved ones and the friends and really our entire community have gone through and will continue to go through," Mina said.
Police said Cabellero had previously lived at the Tymber Skan apartments.
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