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Arden Villas residents demand safety changes after Miya Marcano's disappearance at complex

Photo: Miya Marcano
Photo: Miya Marcano

Residents of Arden Villas where Valencia College student Miya Marcano disappeared are calling on their landlord to make safety changes at a protest on Wednesday
Marcano disappeared on September 24th shortly after maintenance worker Armando Caballero, who had shown a romantic interest in her, used his maintenance key to enter her apartment.  

Now residents are calling on Arden Villas and parent company Preiss Co. to make safety changes at a “Make Arden Answer” protest Wednesday outside the apartment complex’s front gates. 

These demands include locking and monitoring the front door 24/7, taking complaints about staff seriously, and installing more lighting and cameras around buildings.

In a statement posted to the @bringmiyahome page on Instagram, organizers of the protest say “what happened to Miya Marcano should’ve never have happened.” 

A body was found in a wooded area in Orange County on Saturday after a weeklong search. The Orange County Medical Examiner officially confirmed the remains were Marcano’s on Tuesday.

Caballero was found dead from a suspected suicide.

Listen to the full Orange County Sheriff’s press conference on the case here:

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Danielle Prieur
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