Police search bay for missing woman

Woman missing, dog found dead

March 1st
Wayne Pope said Robin came to the home to pick up her belongings. Wayne said he left the home on Friday night.
Robin Pope Missing

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.

Wayne Pope, Robin Pope, Maryland State Police, Debbie Shaw, Gina Knapp, Stevensville

Search turned over to the Maryland State Police.
Wayne Pope, Robin Pope, Maryland State Police, Debbie Shaw, Gina Knapp, Stevensville

March 3rd
6 Divers searched for Robin's body in the water, but found nothing.
Wayne Pope, Robin Pope, Maryland State Police, Debbie Shaw, Gina Knapp, Stevensville

March 4th
Search efforts for Robin continue.
Wayne Pope, Robin Pope, Maryland State Police, Debbie Shaw, Gina Knapp, Stevensville

Debbie Shaw pushed through sticks and looking down for any clues that could lead her to 51-year-old Robin Pope.

"People may not know her but if you mention the Great Dane and her and showed the picture they remember her walking," said Shaw.    

She joined Pope's long-time friend, who also knows her estranged husband, the man who called police to report her missing.  Both women wondered why more search crews aren't out here.

"It's so sad that they're not even knocking, nobody's knocking on our doors.  I haven't seen anyone and I'm three blocks up," said Shaw.    

Maryland State Police is leading the investigation.  Several divers spent four hours near Pope's former home on Beach Rd. in Stevensville.  That is where her Great Dane was found dead on Saturday, police say, with obvious signs of trauma.

"Her car was still in the driveway, her keys and everything was still in it.  Her purse, her phone and she wasn't there and the dog wasn't there so he called the police," said Gina Knapp, who is friends with Robin Pope.

Investigators are going back to Friday night.  That's when Wayne Pope said Robin came to the home to pick up her belongings.

The couple separated in December, and she was living with a friend on Kent Island.  Police say Wayne Pope told them he left the home Friday, and when he returned early Saturday morning her car and purse were there but she and the dog were missing.

"With being down here all the time, we know how things are.  And if we see something out of place we just go to where it's out of place and hope that we can find something," said Marc Willey, a neighbor.    

Police found the dog dead in the water, two doors down by a neighbor's pier.  The dog had obvious signs of trauma.

Knapp has known Wayne Pope since the fifth grade. 

"There's no way he's involved in this, there's no way.  He loved Robin and worshiped the ground she walked on.  Regardless of what problems they were having, he could have never hurt her," said Knapp. 

Knapp says Robin worked in the healthcare industry and there was no reason for someone to target her.  She is also a breast cancer survivor.  The couple has one child together, and Robin has an older daughter from a previous relationship.

MSP will make a call in the morning to see if divers will go back into the water.  Also, a test will be done on the dog to determine exactly how he died. 

 

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