False Facebook posts add to the pain for the family of missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson
Bob Jones, newsnet5.com
4:46 PM, Jun 6, 2013
5:27 PM, Jun 6, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - Carmilla Robinson scoured Facebook pages looking for any clues into her daughter's disappearance and came across several startling posts. People claimed that Taylor Robinson's body was found behind an Akron grocery store.
The social media posts were more than insensitive. They were flat-out false. Taylor remains missing.
"The words hurt a lot. They hurt like knives and bullets. They don't show the scars, but they are there. Scars that you see heal. Emotional scars don't heal until it's resolved," Carmilla Robinson said.
Akron detectives were made aware of the Facebook messages and quickly determined they weren't valid. Lt. Rick Edwards said police have investigated 15 to 20 leads since Taylor vanished more than a month ago, but new tips are few and far between.
"You live every day not knowing if your child is dead or alive," Carmilla Robinson said.
At the family home on Archwood Avenue, a pile of cards and posters are piling from people wishing and praying that the 19-year-old woman, who is an aspiring nurse, finds her way home.
Taylor's stepfather, Jeff Rucker, has a daily mission of passing out missing person flyers to anyone who will take them.
"I'm just going to peoples' houses and dropping them off and having them pass them out to the people that they know or whatever," Rucker said.
On May 3, Taylor was dropped off by her mother at an Akron home on Kipling Street, where Taylor worked as a home health aide.
The next day, Carmilla returned, but her daughter was nowhere to be found. Her coat and shoes were left behind.
Her cellphone was missing. No activity has been noticed on her phone or bank accounts since Taylor vanished, Lt. Edwards said.
The FBI is also assisting and urging the public to call with any clues.
"Things are not coming in as much as we would like them to," said Vicki Anderson, a spokesperson for the FBI office in Cleveland.
Police are not naming any suspects in the disappearance. Lt. Edwards said officers are trying to get more information from Taylor's ex-boyfriend, who has a lawyer and is being uncooperative.
Carmilla said she has to believe that her daughter is alive and will come home. She continues to beg the public for any shred of evidence that could make that happen.
"I just want people to know that she's not here, so please don't stop helping us," she said.
Anyone with information on the missing woman should call Akron Police, the FBI or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.
Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.