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Search for missing Akron woman called off after four hours; no body found

Beacon Journal staff report

A dog looking for evidence in the disappearance of a missing Akron woman led investigators to a wooded area south of Vernon Odom Boulevard in West Akron on Monday, but after several hours and some anxious moments for Taylor Robinson’s family, the search was halted with no real developments in the case.

A private investigator Robinson’s family had hired, along with a search dog and its handler, spent about four hours following up on tips as to the possible whereabouts of 19-year-old Taylor.

The dog apparently caught a scent in the area of the Springhill Terrace Apartments. It was attracted to spot where “dirt had been disturbed” and a pair of pants and a bedsheet were located.

No bones and no body were found, however, and police speculate the items might have belonged to a homeless person living in the woods.

“It’s a relief,” Carmilla Robinson said of Monday’s developments. She said it means there is still hope Taylor will be found alive.

Robinson, a Kent State University student, last was seen May 3, when her mother dropped her off at a Kipling Street home where she worked as a private health-care provider.

When her mother returned the next morning, Robinson was not at the home. Only her coat and shoes remained at the house. Neither her relatives nor police believe Robinson willingly left the area without contacting her mother or another family member.

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