College Update: Missing Valencia College Student Miya Marcano

Monday, September 27, 2021

A Special Message From Kathleen Plinske, Valencia College President

I am saddened to share that we learned that one of our students, Miya Marcano, went missing from her apartment in Orlando on Friday, September 24, 2021. Miya is from Fort Lauderdale and began attending Valencia College online for the Fall 2020 semester. This semester, Miya was attending her classes in-person on the East Campus.

We are deeply concerned about Miya, and I pray for her safe return. We are working with law enforcement to assist the investigation in any way we can to help find her. Though the person of interest in her disappearance was found deceased, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking any information about Miya, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

One of the ways we are assisting is by spreading the word through our social media channels. We ask that you please consider sharing these posts on your social media networks. Links to each of the posts are listed below for your convenience:




We are closely following this case and will provide information as it becomes available via the College’s social media channels.

In the meantime, if you have any information about Miya, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-4357 or, to remain anonymous, call the Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS (8477).

Please keep Miya and her family close in your hearts.

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