The family of Miya Marcano, a Florida teen who went missing last September and was later found dead, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 19-year-old’s apartment complex and the company that owns and operates the building.
According to CNN, the suit which was filed on Monday, October 18, accuses Arden Villas Apartments LLC, the company which owns and operates the property and The Preiss Company, which operates and manages the Arden Villas Luxury Apartments in Orlando, where Marcano lived, of negligence.
The suit also accuses Armando Manuel Caballero, the maintenance employee that worked at the apartment complex and whose estate is named as a defendant, of battery. Investigators revealed that they found Caballero’s body three days after Marcano went missing on September 24. The family is seeking damages in the $30,000 figure frame, which is aside from other costs and attorneys' fees.
Documents claim Caballero previously pursued the teenager but his advances were rejected. "Marcano expressed her concerns to employees of the Arden Villas as well as to her parents who were concerned that ... the manager of the Arden Villas, was not taking the safety concerns of the employees and tenants, very seriously," the lawsuit stated.
Daryl K Washington, an attorney for the family said in a news release on Tuesday, October 19, that "Arden Villas gave Armando Caballero the unfettered access he needed to kill Miya. They need to be held accountable for their negligence."
"The family had hoped to hear from the management of the Arden Villas and expected for them to show more compassion towards their family, especially since Miya was an employee, but unfortunately it never happened," he continued. "No human being should ever deal with the treatment experienced by Miya and her family."
On October 2, Marcano’s body was found with her hands and feet bound and mouth covered with tape in a wooded area near the complex where Caballero used to live.