(Akron Police Department) The Akron Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an adult missing person. Taylor Robinson, 19, of East Archwood Avenue in Akron, was last seen late Friday night, May 3, 2013 when she was dropped off at a residence in the 700 block of Kipling Avenue for her job as a home health care aide.
Robinson was working overnight as a home health care aid. When the client’s mother returned in the morning, Robinson was not at the residence and the client was left alone.
She had dropped Taylor Robinson, 19, off at a home on Kipling Street, where her daughter was working as a home health aide. When the mother went to pick her up at 7 the next morning, the teen was missing. And the only things she left behind were her coat and shoes.
“She’s a good girl,” her mother said. “I’m lost. Confused. I can’t grasp what’s going on. People are calling and asking questions, but I have more questions than I have answers.”
Akron police detectives remain concerned over Robinson’s sudden disappearance, but said there have been no new leads as the search ended its third day. The FBI has now agreed to assist police investigating the disappearance.
Robinson’s mother, Carmilla, spoke in the Akron City Council chambers to keep her daughter’s case fresh in people’s minds.
Council President Garry Moneypenny (D-Ward 10) said he spoke with the police chief over the weekend and is certain the police department and the FBI are keeping the case at the forefront.
Councilwoman Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8) said that to help in the community, “the best thing that we can do is get block watches going.”
She said GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) will host a National Missing Children’s Day event May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summit Mall in Fairlawn.
AKRON — Family and friends of Taylor Robinson gathered for a vigil for the missing woman Saturday afternoon.
“It’s not just about our baby, we never thought this would happen in our household. This could happened to anybody, you know,” said Taylor’s step-father Jeff Rucker. “You never know, no matter how much you prepare for it, no matter how much you talk to your kids, anything can happen.”
Rucker made an emotional plea Saturday afternoon for any tips that could help bring Taylor home.
" We're still at the same spot we were at three weeks ago. We still don't know anything. The only thing that I know is that time keeps moving and we're still waiting ," says Robinson.
Robinson says there has also been no activity on Taylor Robinson's credit card or cell phone.
" What the detectives and FBI agents have been telling me is that no one is calling in with any information, new information, old information, just nothing," says Robinson.
Local authorities are also receiving help from the FBI in the search for Taylor.
The large group met at Arlington Plaza at 2 p.m. Saturday in an effort to find her and passed out fliers to the community.
Anyone with information about Taylor Robinson’s whereabouts is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490 or the Missing Person Unit at 330-375-2530.
The dog apparently caught a scent in the area of the Springhill Terrace Apartments. It was attracted to spot where “dirt had been disturbed” and a pair of pants and a bedsheet were located.
No bones and no body were found, however, and police speculate the items might have belonged to a homeless person living in the woods.
Human remains found earlier this week in Cuyahoga Valley National Park were discovered to be those of missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson.
Her family is now offering a $4,000 reward to the person who has information that can solve her case and bring justice.
While no cause or manner of death has yet to be established — largely because of the condition of the remains — police are sure Taylor’s death was a homicide.
They’ve interviewed — or tried to interview — two men who were close to her.
One man reportedly struggled while taking a polygraph test, the other has refused. Both men have lawyers and are no longer cooperating with investigators.
A $7,000 reward has yet to be claimed for information leading to the arrest of whoever killed Taylor.
Tim Dimoff, a private investigator working for the Robinson family, said a field of six potential suspects has been narrowed to the two men who were close to Taylor and who had talked to her in the hours and days leading up to her disappearance.
Akron police have continued to investigate the death, but no suspect has been publicly identified.
Dimoff said he believes Taylor was killed by someone she knew.
“Our profile of the crime scene, our understanding of the facts, and the interviews that we conducted that the person involved, we feel very strongly, is someone who had a previous relationship with her,” Dimoff said.
“This was a crime that was not committed by a stranger.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637.
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