State police hope for public assistance in Robin Pope death investigation

STEVENSVILLE, Md. - Officials with the Maryland State Police want to remind the public that the mysterious death of Robin L. Pope remains under investigation.

Pope, 51, was found dead in the water at a fishing pier in Queen Anne's County on March 23, 2013. She was reported missing on March 2 by her husband Wayne A. Pope Jr.

Wayne Pope told officers his estrangted wife had come to the home late Friday night, March 1, to retrieve some belongings. After she arrived, he left the home. When he returned to the home early Saturday morning, he found his wife's black 2011 Infinity still parked in the driveway, but she was not at the residence. He also said their dog, a Great Dane, was missing.

Deputies found Robin Pope's keys, purse, credit cards, and cash still in her vehicle. The dog was found dead on March 2 in the water near a pier at a residence near the Pope's home. An exact cause of death for the dog was not identified, but it was determined the dog had not died from external trauma.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner used dental records to positively identify the body as Robin Pope. The cause and manner of her death were not identified and remain undetermined.

In a press release issued Thursday, state police investigators said they hope for assistance from the public.

"The area where Robin Pope disappeared and was later found dead is isolated, but investigators believe there are people who have information that could be helpful."

Anyone who has information, even if they think it is insignificant, is urged to contact the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit at the Easton Barrack, at 410-822-3101. 

For more background on the investigation, click here.

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