Monday, 25 August 2014 09:36

Search Continues For Missing Woman

Officials with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park say they're looking for experienced river paddlers to assist in the search for Hillary Sharma , 30, of Eastlake. Sharma's car was found late Thursday night at the park's Boston Store Visitor Center, after she was reported missing earlier that day.

Anyone who may come across any out-of-the ordinary items along the river between the Village of Boston and Station Road in Brecksville is asked to contact officals. 

Park officials said a three-day intensive search has covered areas where she is likely to be located without success. The search on Sunday focused on a remote area north of Boston along the Cuyahoga River where some of her personal items were located.

CVNP - Assistance from experienced river paddlers is being sought in the search for Hillary K. Sharma. Paddlers on the Cuyahoga River are asked to report any out-of-the-ordinary items that they might see along the river between the Village of Boston and Station Road in Brecksville.

Sharma, age 30, is a resident of Eastlake, Ohio. She is 5'3" tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. Her car was found in the Boston Store Visitor Center parking lot in Cuyahoga Valley National Park shortly after midnight on Friday, August 22. A three-day intensive search has covered areas where she is likely to be located without success. Sunday focused on a remote area north of Boston along the Cuyahoga River where some of her personal items were located.

The National Park Service will continue to search on Monday with support from additional emergency response agencies. The National Park Service is also expanding the investigation to determine why Sharma is missing.

People who may have information about Sharma are asked to call the National Park dispatch office at (440) 546-5945.

Paddlers need to be aware of hazards on the Cuyahoga River, including the impassable low-head dam just north of Station Road and potential poor water quality. For more information, visit

Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit or call 330-657-2752.

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The search continues for a missing woman whose car was found in a parking lot at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The car of 30 year-old Hillary Sharma of Eastlake was found early Friday morning at the park's Boston Store Visitor Center, after she was reported missing earlier Thursday. Crews have been searching from the ground, along the river and from the air since.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park says the search for Sharma continues today with crews from the National Park Service, the Valley Fire Department and the Brecksville Fire Department. They are staging from the Boston Store Visitor Center.

The visitor center is open, but the parking lot is closed. Those coming to the center will be directed to park in a nearby grass lot.


(Cuyahoga Valley National Park - news release) The search for Hillary K. Sharma continues in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Sharma, age 30, is a resident of Eastlake, Ohio. She is 5'3" tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes.

Sharma's vehicle was found at Boston Store Visitor Center around midnight on Friday, August 22, after Eastlake Police Department issued an alert reporting her missing. A search started at that time and continued throughout the day with many participating agencies. The search included ground teams with search dogs, horse patrol, boats on the Cuyahoga River, and a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.

The search is continuing Saturday, led by a joint incident command including the National Park Service, Valley Fire Department, and Brecksville Fire Department. The search is staging from Boston Store Visitor Center. The parking lot is closed, but the visitor center is open. Visitors coming to the center will be directed to a grass lot at the corner of Riverview and Boston Mills roads.

People who may have information about Sharma are asked to call the National Park dispatch office at (440) 546-5945.


(Earlier ANN coverage) Searchers in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park spent much of Friday trying to find a missing Bedford woman.

NewsChannel 5 reports that some belongings of 30 year-old Hillary Sharma of Eastlake were found a couple of miles away from her car, which was found at a parking lot near the Boston Store visitor center in Boston Township late Thursday.

The search has taken place from the water to the air, with Summit County Search and Rescue teams, and police aircraft looking for Sharma.

Hikers and bikers in the park are being shown her picture in hopes someone has seen her.


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Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00

UPDATE Missing Falls Woman Found Safe

A missing Cuyahoga Falls woman has been found safe.

Akron police found 20 year-old Karen Lloyd Monday at an address in the city, after receiving information that she might be there.

Cuyahoga Falls police say Lloyd was brought back to the group home where she was last seen Thursday morning.


(Original ANN story) Cuyahoga Falls police are asking for your help finding a woman who's been missing since Thursday.

20 year-old Karen Lloyd has been missing from a group home on 2nd Street in the Falls since Thursday morning.

Police say Lloyd suffers from schizophrenic disorder and is prone to seizures.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Cuyahoga Falls police.


(Cuyahoga Falls Police - news release) The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department is requesting the help from the public in locating 20 year old KAREN A. LLOYD. KAREN LLOYD has been missing from the Maggie Smith Group Home located at 1770 2nd St in Cuyahoga Falls since approximately 10:00am on Thursday 4/17/2014. KAREN LLOYD suffers from schizoaffective disorder and is prone to seizures. KAREN LLOYD is described as a 20 year old white female 5'3" 180 lbs. Anyone with knowledge of KAREN LLOYD'S whereabouts are urged to contact the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department at 330-928-2181.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00

Portage Woman No Longer Missing

A Portage County woman who had been missing since Saturday night has been found.

Portage County sheriff David Doak says 31 year-old Melissa Ann Seeley contacted a friend after seeing media coverage that she was being sought. That friend contacted authorities.

The sheriff's office says they then made personal contact with Seeley to ensure her welfare.

Seeley was last seen leaving Suffield Township party on Saturday night. She left the party on foot after a disturbance.

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The reward has been doubled for information that leads to locating 19-year-old Taylor Robinson of Akron who has been missing for more than three months.

The additional funds collected by SACS Consulting & Investigative Services and Accurate Investigative Services in Akron doubled the initial reward of $2,000 offered by Summit County Crime Stoppers to $4,000.

Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, said he has teamed up with Tom Fields of Accurate Investigative Services in Akron to help find Taylor.

"There's no reason for the people out there to not come forward," said Dimoff. "We know for a fact that several people know what happened."

Taylor was last seen on the night of May 3. She was dropped off at a house on Kipling Street where she went to work as a home health care aide.

Carmilla Robinson, Taylor's mother, made another emotional plea for help in in the search for her daughter. 

"If you were in my position, you would want me, if I knew anything, to call," said Robinson.

Dimoff is hoping someone will come forward with information that will help the case.

"People are tight-lipped and we need people to loosen up and say 'hey it's more important to talk about Taylor than it is about keeping a secret,'" said Dimoff.


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Akron City Council is doing its part in encouraging the city and others to get involved in the search for 19-year-old Taylor Robinson.

Taylor's mother, Carmilla Robinson says she's thankful for the public's efforts in the ongoing search for her daughter.

"I appreciate it, we appreciate it so much, because we can't be everywhere," she said.

"To have eyes and ears on every side of town in Akron is helpful."

City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night declaring Friday July 5th as "Get Out and Search for Taylor Robinson Day." Taylor has been missing since May 4.

She was last seen at a house on Kipling Street in Akron where she was working as a home health aide.

Taylor's stepfather, Jeff Rucker says he appreciated Council's resolution and proactive stance on the issue.

"I appreciate Ken Jones for bringing this to the table and the council members for approving this," he said.

"It's not just me that's out here trying to get people to look for her, it's everybody."

Councilman Jones commended the various citizens for attending and assisting with the various vigils, fundraisers, rallies for the Robinson family Monday night.

"We need to do our part in finding our daughter," he said.

Reverend Jack Streeter III, youth pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Akron is looking at getting some of his young people to go up to Cedar Point and pass out cards informing people about Taylor Robinson's disappearance.

"The fact is we do not know what is happening with this daughter, we do not know where she is, and we do not know if this will remain a local search, all we know is that we are 59 days in, and we need all the help we can get."

Streeter feels that in addition to the kids from Mount Calvary enjoying the day at Cedar Point, they can get more awareness out there in regards to Robinson due to the park's nationwide appeal.

"At Cedar Point, people from all over the world go there, so these cards will get distributed to the uttermost ends of the earth."

The Akron Police investigation into Robinson's disappearance remains ongoing. Thomas Fields is also working with the Robinson family as an independent investigator.

Taylor's stepfather Jeff Rucker says keep the prayer's coming for Taylor's safe return home.

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A prayer vigil and fundraiser will be held tonight in Akron for 19-year-old Taylor Robinson who has been missing since May 4th.

Pastor Shawnte Davon Hardin of the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church is one of the organizers of the event Tuesday night. He hopes the community will come together to pray for the safe return of Taylor Robinson.

"We set up the vigil for Ms. Robinson and this family, first of all, to unite our community together in prayer," said Hardin. "We as a faith-based community still believe that God touches our community through prayers and that God still answers prayers."

Hardin says in addition to the vigil, a fundraiser will take place to help raise money for the family to assist with the investigation process. He also hopes the community will release any information that could potentially help investigators with the case.

The Akron Police Department is currently investigating the case involving 19-year-old Taylor Robinson who was last seen at a home on Kipling Street where she was working as a home health aide on May 4. Police said Taylor's shoes and coat were left inside the home.


Thomas Fields is working with Taylor's mother, Carmilla Robinson, as an independent investigator.

"Fortunately and unfortunately, at the same time, sometimes there are those in the community that are just more comfortable with sharing information with me because they know me," said Fields. 

Fields says he doesn't want to interfere with the Akron Police Department's investigation and plans to contact detectives with any new information he receives. He's following-up on several strong leads, but has yet to act on the leads because of the lack of funds available.

The prayer vigil and fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 825 Buchtel Avenue.


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The mother of a young Akron woman missing for two weeks is trying to keep the spotlight on her case.

Carmilla Robinson will be at a rally Saturday at 2 PM at Summit Lake Community Center called "Bring Our Baby Home".

Police said 19 year-old Taylor Robinson was last seen the night of May 3rd, after she was dropped off at a house on Kipling Street, when she went to work as a home health care aide.

"We don't want people to forget that she's still not home, that she's still missing, that we're still looking," Carmilla Robinson tells, "that we still need help from our community" to find Taylor and others still missing.

Carmilla says she and her husband have been passing out fliers in many Akron neighborhoods, and that Akron police detectives are going door to door in the area where Taylor went missing.

She urges anyone with information to call Akron police.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:24

AUDIO Akron Mom Holds On To Hope

Carmilla Robinson, the Akron mother of a 19-year-old who was reported missing over the weekend, is holding on to hope after three missing women were found alive in Cleveland Monday.

Police said Taylor Robinson was last seen Friday night after she was dropped off at a house on Kipling Avenue when she went to work as a home health care aide.

Carmilla said she is hoping someone will call authorities with a tip that will lead to her daughter's whereabouts.

"I'm begging for just any help, any information, whether it's small, little, big, minute," said Carmilla. "Please just call."

Carmilla Robinson Talks To WAKR's Ray Horner by Amani Abraham

"I don't want to get anybody in trouble. I just want my baby. I want her to come home."

Carmilla couldn't locate her daughter when she went to pick her up from her job Saturday morning. She only found her daughter's shoes and coat at the home when she arrived.

The mother said her daughter spent most of her time working or with family.

The FBI is now involved in the case. Carmilla said detectives are still searching for any clues and tips. She said authorities are currently following up on a possible tip in Massachusetts. Detectives have not released any new details in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490 or the Missing Person Unit at (330) 375-2530.

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Friday, 22 June 2012 06:08

UPDATE Body Of Missing Woman Found

A bitter custody battle has taken a deadly turn.

The body found inside a car in Wayne County has been idenitifed as a 25-year-old woman who was reported missing from Summit County early Thursday morning.

The Summit County Sheriff's office contacted New Franklin police to check for missing 25-year-old Ashley Biggs in the 600 block of East Turkeyfoot Lake Road just before 1 a.m. Thursday. Biggs, a pizza delivery driver, had failed to return from a delivery call at that location. 

Authorities say it appears a struggle took place near the location they searched, because blood was discovered.

Wayne County Sheriff deputies contacted New Franklin police after they discovered a body inside the woman's missing vehicle in corn field.

New Franklin police have arrested Bigg's former boyfriend Chad Cobb, of Rittman. He was found hiding behind a barn on property belonging to a relative.

New Franklin Police Detective Nick Bollas says the 30-year-old Cobb has been charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping, and is in the Summit County Jail.

He may have allegedly lured Biggs to the closed business on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road.

Biggs and Cobb were the parents of a 6-year-old daughter and were currently involved in a contentious custody dispute in court, according to police. 

The case remains under investigation .



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