Missing Akron teen found dead
JUDITH LYNN LEE | 9/17/2013, 6 p.m.
“Now we have an answer, we were in limbo, now we have closure.” Those were comments made by Camilla Robinson as she addressed the media on Wednesday.
Skeletal remains found near the picnic area at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on State Route 303 turned out to be that of 19-year-old, missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson, daughter of Camilla.
“Taylor was a loved and hard-working person who helped special-needs children – she played volleyball and softball and served as a church volunteer – you could have just given her back,” was a statement made to Taylor’s assailant.
“You could have just brought her home, I don’t know why you thought you had to hurt her – she wasn’t a person who deserved to have her body found in the park.”
A jawbone and Skull, along with other remains, were found by two hikers in a heavily wooded area off a trail. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, comparing bones to dental records the family had provided, positively identified the remains.
Taylor went missing back in May of 2013 after being dropped off to her night job, in which she was a healthcare aide. When Camilla returned to pick up Taylor the next morning, Taylor was not there, leaving behind a coat, shoes and purse.
Camilla thanked the hikers who found Taylor’s remains. “I thank you for doing the right thing by calling authorities – it’s not the outcome we were hoping for but we now have closure; you brought our baby home.”
Chief Ranger Chris Ryan said in a press conference that at this point we do not know how the remains ended up to be there – whether or not they were dropped off there or even if there was a potential homicide; we don’t know.”
The FBI and private investigators have been working on Taylor’s disappearance. Private investigator Tom Fields asked the public for help in identifying Taylor’s assailant and promised he would find whoever is responsible.
For several months, the Akron community searched for Taylor, combing wooded areas on all sides of town.