THE primary suspect in Miya Marcano's disappearance allegedly threw a weight through a woman's window after she turned him down for a date.
In March this year, Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was accused of being behind the incident at the same complex near Longwood where he was found dead on Monday.
A 24-year-old woman claimed she was in her room looking at her phone one night when someone threw a weight through her window, WFTV9 reports.
Although she did not see the suspect, she told deputies she believed it was Caballero, who worked as a maintenance man at the Sabal Club apartments in Seminole County.
She said the man had previously written her a note asking her to go out on a date and she had agreed to go a few days later.
But when he asked her to change the date to that same night, she changed her mind and turned him down.
That night, the incident happened, however, investigators could not officially link Caballero to it and no charges were filed in the case.
It is not clear how long Caballero worked at the apartment complex after the incident.
Miya, a 19-year-old Valencia College sophomore, was last seen at around 5pm on September 24 at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lives and works in the building's leasing office.
Speaking to The Sun, Miya's cousin, Caili Sue, said Caballero was "obsessed" and "infatuated" with the teen was "constantly texting her" despite Miya making clear she was not romantically interested in him.
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Police in Florida have been searching garages and storage units for the missing teen.
Her aunt, Semone Westmaas told Florida news outlet WESH: "Miya was kidnapped."
"Miya was kidnapped out of her room at Arden Villas through her bedroom window. I'm calling on all resources, the FBI, we need you.
"We want Miya to be found, and whoever is involved, if there was more than Armando, we're asking you to find them."
Caballero was known to be in possession of a master key that was used to enter Miya's apartment at 4.30pm on Friday last week, around 30 minutes before she finished work and was last seen.
The morning after, Caballero was allegedly caught on camera carrying gloves and a blanket, as well as a backpack, out of his car before entering a building.
The teen's family arrived at Miya's Orlando apartment block early Saturday morning.
While they waited for police to arrive, Westmaas encountered Caballero outside, as she explained: "He was trying to leave. His lights were off. He said, ‘Are you looking for Miya?’ I said, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘I’m the maintenance guy. I heard you’re looking for me’. I didn’t know who this guy was at the time."
Miya's cousin Caili said the family found the encounter "weird" because they hadn't yet publicized that Miya was missing.
The teen's father, Marlon Marcano, then approached Caballero and asked if he had been in contact with his daughter.
Caili said Caballero was acting skittish and seemed "quite nervous".
He answered a series of questions from police, claiming to them he had last seen Miya at 3pm on Friday, before leaving.
Caballero was named as a key person of interest in Miya's disappearance on Monday hours after he was found dead from a suspected suicide in his apartment in Seminole County.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said he had been dead for "quite some time" and his body was discovered by investigators at a different apartment complex.
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