AKRON, Ohio - National Night Out will take on a very personal meaning for a local family as they use the event as a platform to spread the word about their missing loved one.
Taylor Robinson, 19, vanished mysteriously more than three months ago.
On Tuesday evening, her mother, Carmilla Robinson, and stepfather, Jeff Rucker, will speak to hundreds of people at the intersection of N. Howard Street & W. Tallmadge Avenue in Akron's North Hill neighborhood.
"My message will be, I just want to keep her relevant," Rucker said.
Gary Wyatt, founder of North Hill Community House, said a table will be set up with information about the case. Flyers showing Taylor's picture will also be passed out.
On Tuesday afternoon, Wyatt told his volunteers to keep the missing teen on their minds.
"The theme this year is 'See something, Say something,' so we're really trying hard to find this young lady just like the girls up in Cleveland," Wyatt said.
On May 3, Taylor Robinson was dropped off by her mother at an Akron home on Kipling Street, where she worked an overnight shift as a home health aide.
The next day, Carmilla returned, but Taylor was nowhere to be found. Her coat and shoes were left behind.
Her cellphone was missing. No activity has been detected on her phone or bank accounts ever since.
Tips to the Akron police have dried up. A private investigator, Tim Dimoff, agreed to look into the case for the family for a fee of only $1.
Anyone with information on Taylor Robinson's whereabouts should call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.
Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.