A Monday night at Ram's Head in Stevensville
was a typical night for Robin and Wayne Pope to grab dinner. In fact, bartender Candace Brush has seen the couple together in recent weeks after they reportedly separated.
"I did not know that they had separated. They always seemed loving toward each other. They were always happy," said Brush.
Maryland State Police say Robin moved out of the Stevensville home in December, but she was living with a friend on Kent Island. Brush says the Popes came in several times a week, and most recently another woman was with them.
She says they ate healthy and were into working out.
"They never really fought in here, so I wouldn't assume that he had anything to do with it," said Pope.
March 1st Wayne Pope said Robin came to the home to pick up her belongings. Wayne said he left the home on Friday night.
March 2nd Wayne told investigators that when he returned home Saturday at around 2 am, Robin's car was in the driveway and her Great Dane was missing. Pope called police at 2 a.m. to report suspicious circumstances.
They found the missing dog near a neighbor's pier.
Search turned over to the Maryland State Police.
March 3rd 6 Divers searched for Robin's body in the water, but found nothing.
March 4th Search efforts for Robin continue.
Police originally thought it suffered some kind of trauma which many thought fit some kind of violent narrative, but a vet later determined the dog was older and what was thought to be a deadly injury were just numerous tumors; no water was found in the dog's lungs.
A weird coincidence or connected to pope's disappearance, either way, it has left the small community guessing.