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Family says remains aren't Akron's missing Taylor Robinson

1:07 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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PENINSULA -- The family of missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson say the remains found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park likely aren't hers.

Robinson's stepfather met with detectives at the scene in Boston Township, just south of Peninsula Tuesday evening.

"We just wanted a yes or no," said Jeff Rucker.

"We're not looking for a dead body. We're looking for Taylor to come home. But we still need a yes or no. Some kind of closure," he said.

"My heart just saying, 'It's just not my baby. It's not my baby,'" said Carmilla Robinson, Taylor's mother.

Investigators told Carmilla the remains aren't likely a match to her 19-year-old daughter who went missing in Akron in May.

"With the time period and the condition of the body, they don't believe that it's Taylor's," she said.

The Summit County Medical Examiner is running tests on the jaw bone, skull cap and other small bones found scattered wider than a ten foot radius near the Valley Trail trailhead.

"It's hard to say how long they've been here," said Chief Ranger Chris Ryan.

The medical examiner will be trying to determine the identity of the victim using dental records or a DNA match. For now, it's unclear the sex or age of the victim, or even if the bones could belong to more than one person.

Rangers and the evidence-gathering team from the FBI, will be back early Wednesday.

"We're going to take another look out into the field for other evidence," said Ryan.

For the Robinson family, every day is a struggle. Tuesday they were holding out hope that tomorrow could bring them a different ending.

"These four months that she's been missing, I'll never get these four months back. They're gone," said Carmilla. "Time waits for nobody."

Robinson prays for someone to come forward with a clue about what happened to Taylor. If you have any information, you're asked to call Akron Police detectives at 330-375-2530.

The National Park Service is also asking for tips regarding the remains found. You're asked to call the park's 24-hour hotline at 440-546-5945.

 

 

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