The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the remains found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Wednesday as that of missing teen Taylor Robinson.
The 19-year-old woman went missing from Akron on May 3, when her mother dropped her off for work as a home health aid at a house on Kipling Street.
Carmilla Robinson, Taylor’s mother, thanked the investigators and the hikers who discovered the remains in the park and reported it.
“We were in limbo and now we have closure. She’s found. She’s not a lost child anymore,” she said. “You brought our baby home and we want to say, ‘Thank you.’”
The focus now will turn to finding who killed her and how she died. The medical examiner has not ruled on a cause or manner death, but police are treated the case as a homicide.
Carmilla Robinson Wednesday spoke out to her daughter's killer. "I just don't understand why you felt you had to hurt her, you could have just given her back, you could have just brought her home, you could have just let her go," she said.
Additional examination of the remains, including anthropologic examination, will need to take place before the cause of death can be determined.
According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, dental records were used to make the identification. These remains will now be sent to Mercyhurst University Department of Applied Forensic Sciences for further testing.
Chief Park Ranger Chris Ryan said that one more human bone and "additional evidence" was found Wednesday afternoon by a team of five park rangers.
Ryan would not reveal what the new evidence is, but said details should be released on Thursday when the FBI's Evidence Response Team returns to the wooded area around 9 a.m.
On Tuesday, FBI agents searched the area. Ryan said a partial skull and other bones were found in addition to a jawbone. A bra was also located, but investigators did not come across any other clothing or jewelry.
Akron Police Captain Dan Zampelli said it was too early to talk about possible suspects
Anyone with information should contact the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.