AKRON– Remains found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Monday have been identified as Taylor Robinson, 19.
The Akron woman was last seen in early May by her mother before being dropped off at her job as a home health-care aide.
Family and friends have been searching for her ever since.
At press conference Wednesday afternoon, Carmilla broke down in tears saying, “She wasn’t a person that deserved this. She was a person that took care of mentally challenged people. She worked in a daycare…she wasn’t a child that deserved to have her body end up in a park.”
On Monday, two hikers discovered human bones in the picnic area of the park, just off the trail, in Boston Township.
They notified park rangers, who called in authorities.
Carmilla Robinson had a message for the people who made the discovery: “For those that did stumble across her, thank you for having the courage and wisdom to report it, because you helped bring our baby home. It wasn’t the way we anticipated and hoped for, but you brought our baby home.”
Carmilla also thanked the Akron Police Department, and the community.
“Now we have an answer, at this point. We were in limbo; but now we have closure,” Carmilla said. She went on to say, “She’s not a lost child anymore.”
Carmilla said that she is especially grateful to private investigators Tim Dimoff, Tom Fields and Pastor Shaunte Harding who have been voluntarily assisting in the search for clues.
Dimoff, CEO of Security and Consulting Services said they are also tracking leads.
“We know for a fact in the weeks leading up to her disappearance she was having disagreements with certain people,” said Dimoff.
It’s unknown if those people are connected to Taylor’s death, but foul play is suspected and the case is being treated as a homicide.
“I just don’t understand why you felt you had to hurt her,” said Carmilla.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said additional forensic testing and an anthropologic examination of the remains needs to take place to determine the cause and manner of death.
There are no suspects in custody.
A $4,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Taylors death.