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Florida college student Miya Marcano died of undetermined homicide, autopsy says

Marcano’s body was found in October bound with duct tape near an apartment complex following a massive week-long search.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A college student who authorities say was killed by a handyman at an apartment complex where they both worked died by “homicide of undetermined means,” according to an autopsy report.

The report obtained Monday by Miami television station WPLG says Miya Marcano’s body was found in October bound with duct tape near the dilapidated apartment complex following a massive week-long search.

The body was “nearly completely skeletonized” when found, according to the report, and black duct tape was found around her neck, wrists and ankles.

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Miya Marcano, 19, died by 'homicide of undetermined means,' an autopsy report said.Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany said he was unable to examine Marcano’s body for particular injuries because she was in an advanced state of decomposition.

The 19-year-old woman’s body was found on Oct. 2, five days after her suspected killer, Armando Caballero, was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Marcano was a Valencia College student who lived and worked at the Orlando apartment complex where Caballero, 27, was employed as a maintenance worker. Investigators eventually determined that Caballero used a master key to enter Marcano’s apartment.

According to a lawsuit filed by Marcano’s family against the owners of the apartment complex, Caballero made unwanted advances to Marcano, who expressed her concerns to a manager at the apartment complex. But the manager “was not taking the safety concerns of the employees and tenants, very seriously,” the lawsuit said.