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Who is Miya Marcano? Missing Florida College Student Never Showed Up for Flight

Newsweek logo Newsweek 9/27/2021 Toria Barnhart
Miya Marcano, 19, was supposed to travel from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale on Friday night to visit family but she missed the flight and hasn't been heard from since, Marcano's loved ones told Orlando news station WESH. She was last seen at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida. © Orange County Sheriff's Office Miya Marcano, 19, was supposed to travel from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale on Friday night to visit family but she missed the flight and hasn't been heard from since, Marcano's loved ones told Orlando news station WESH. She was last seen at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida.

Florida police are searching for a 19-year-old Valencia College student after she never showed up for a flight, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Miya Marcano was supposed to travel from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale on Friday night to visit family but she missed the flight and hasn't been heard from since, Marcano's loved ones told Orlando news station WESH. She was last seen at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida.

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"All we ask you is help us bring Miya home," Marcano's grandmother Joysue Thompson told the news station. "Bring her home safe, just drop her off and let us know where she is and we'll pick her up—just bring her home."

The young woman was seen at the Arden Villas Apartments, where she lived and worked, around 5 p.m. on September 24. Her father, Marlon Marcano, told WESH he spoke to his daughter on Friday afternoon but did not hear from her when she got off work and she never boarded the plane for a trip to visit family.

Orange County deputies searched in and around the complex but did not locate Marcano. Police said that she does not own a car.

"A big issue that people who recently moved in have had is that the gate that we have is not always closed and people would like it to always be closed," Asia Owens, a resident at the apartment complex told WESH. "I think especially after this, I would agree with them on that."

Other residents told Florida media that police and a sheriff's helicopter searched the wooded area behind the complex throughout the weekend but no details from the effort have been released.

Although Marcano is not a student at UCF, the apartment complex is about a mile from campus, and school officials asked students to keep an eye out for the young woman or to come forward with information that may help with the investigation.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office intended to hold a press conference at 1 p.m on Monday to provide an update about the case but they told Newsweek it was postponed it until 3 p.m, although it was initially believed to be canceled by Marcano's family.

They previously told WESH they felt frustrated that not many details have been released in the three days that Marcano has been missing but they hope to have more information from police soon.

"Keep Miya in your prayers. Don't give up on Miya. I believe Miya is alive and we're going to find her," her aunt Simone told reporters on Monday. "We have more family coming. We have friends coming. We have strangers who are driving from all over Florida. We are leaving here with Miya alive."

She added that she hopes spreading the word about her niece will help bring her home.

Marcano is described as 5-feet-tall, 130 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about Marcano's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 407-836-4357.

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