Reward increases to $7,000 for information on death of missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson

AKRON, Ohio - On Friday, the reward for information on the disappearance and death of 19-year-old Taylor Robinson increased to $7,000.

Summit County Crimestoppers increased its reward from $4,000 to $5,000 and two private investigators are each offering an additional $1,000.

On Monday evening, two hikers off the Plateau Trail found a human jaw bone. FBI agents came to the woods on Tuesday and found a human skull and other bones. A bra was also located.

Using dental records on Wednesday, the Summit County Medical Examiner positively identified the remains as those of Robinson, who vanished four months ago.

Taylor Robinson's mother, Carmilla Robinson, braved cameras Wednesday after learning her daughter's dental records matched the remains found. 

"I just want to thank everybody for their time and help and efforts that they help put into helping us find Taylor," said Carmilla Robinson.  "And for those who did come across her," she continued, "Thank you for having the courage and wisdom to report it because you helped bring hour baby home."

The family's private investigator, Tim Dimoff, had strong words to any possible suspects and said Wednesday, "We are dedicating ourselves to rooting out what happened, who did it and who is responsible. This was not done by a stranger."

A ruling was not made on the manner or cause of death, but police are handling the investigation as a homicide. The remains will be sent to an anthropologist at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania for further analysis.

On May 3, Robinson was dropped off by her mother, Carmilla Robinson, at a home on Kipling Street in Akron. Taylor Robinson worked there as a home health aide.

The next day morning, Carmilla Robinson returned to the home to pick her daughter up, but she was nowhere to be found.

Taylor's coat and shoes were left behind. Her cell phone was missing. Police never traced any activity on her phone or bank accounts after that day.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

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