Mother of missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson has hope after Cleveland kidnapping victims found alive
Taylor Robinson, 19, missing nearly a week
Bob Jones, newsnet5.com
6:06 PM, May 8, 2013
1:12 PM, Apr 30, 2015
AKRON, Ohio - The hopes of an Akron mother, agonizing over the mysterious disappearance of her daughter, have been bolstered by the remarkable rescues of three Cleveland women this week.
"It's very, very, very promising. I hope I don't have to wait 10 years. Waiting another 10 minutes is killing me. As long as she comes home, I'll wait 20 years. I'll wait 30 years. I'll wait 50. I'll wait the rest of my life," said Carmilla Robinson.
Her daughter, 19-year-old Taylor Robinson, vanished without a trace last Saturday.
"I don't know how. I don't know why. I don't know where. It's miserable," Carmilla said.
Summit County Crimestoppers is now offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to the missing teen. The FBI is also assisting with the investigation.
Carmilla dropped off her daughter around 9:30 p.m. on Friday at an Akron home on Kipling Street, where Taylor works as a home health aide and cared for a disabled woman.
Carmilla returned around 7 a.m. the next day, but her daughter was nowhere to be found. Her shoes and coat were found inside the house. Her purse and phone are also missing.
"I've always felt bad for mothers that go through that. I don't understand how they make it. I don't understand how I'm making it," Carmilla said.
She also told NewsChannel5 that she's staying strong because of the dramatic rescues of Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight, who were held captive inside a Cleveland home for many years.
"I have to believe in my heart that she's coming home. She's going to be here. She's going to be another Gina. She's going to be another Amanda. This time, it'll just be Taylor," she said.
Detectives said they do not have any suspects, but acknowledged they're trying to get more information from Taylor's ex-boyfriend.
"Nothing has been ruled out," said Akron Detective Brian Harding.
Police are checking out a lead that Taylor may have been captured on surveillance camera at a cell phone store in Massachusetts, but it appears to be a dead end.
"We're trying to recreate what's normal for her and what happened with her the day before," Harding said.
In the meantime, Taylor's step-father, Jeff Rucker, continues to pound the pavement and hand out flyers with Taylor's picture on it. He said Taylor always keeps in touch so her disappearance is alarming.
"If she can hear us or whatever, I want her to know I'm not gonna stop," Rucker said.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Taylor Robinson, call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers may remain anonymous.