KENT ISLAND, Md. - It was on the beach at the southern tip of Kent Island on a windy, cold night in March of last year that Robin Pope and her great dane, Bella, went missing.
Pope had come to the house to retrieve her belongings. She and her husband, Wayne, were in the process of splitting up. Pope’s car was found at the house with her keys, cell phone and her belongings still in the car, but she and her dog were nowhere to be found.
The next morning her great dane was found dead on the beach nearby. Pope was found three weeks later in the Chesapeake Bay less than a half mile from her house. Now, more than a year later, police are still searching for answers.
Friends and family will get together for a ceremony tonight to remember Pope on her what would be her 52nd birthday.
Pope’s daughter, Rachel, will be there tonight, too.
“She was there for everything,” Rachel said. “She was like my friend before she was my mom.”
Rachel says as time passed it hasn't' gotten easier to deal with the loss of her mother.
“Not knowing makes it so we can't have like have closure and move on,” she said. “Kind of in a natural way I guess.”
Besides a ceremony once a year, Pope's friends and family have put together this memorial bench along the bike trail. People can come by every day and see it. Those that knew Pope hope this will also keep her memory alive and they are also looking for a better ending.