What happened to Robin?
On today’s Wanted Wednesday we start with a cold case from the late 90s.
In 2009, Raquel Welch lost vision in both eyes after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor, but Welch says she never lost sight of her former classmate Robin Smith. “Even though I can’t see anything, I still see her. I still see her face.”
Welch says she and Smith grew up together in Pass Christian, just a grade apart in school. “We were friends. I was really close with her brother. I knew her whole family. I’m from the Pass, everybody knows everybody. I’ve known her since kindergarten.”
Fast forward to September 2, 1998, Robin Michelle Smith was a beautiful 28-year-old with brown hair and brown eyes. She was on her way home after her shift at Gulfport Memorial Hospital, but stopped to call her mother from the parking lot to check on her two children. That was the last time anyone ever heard from Smith again. “A few days later they found her car in Orange Grove which was just, no,” said Welch.
It was that 1997 Mitsubishi Galant that Gulfport police found deserted at the Southern Pines apartment complex on Highway 49. Smith never returned home to Pass Christian.
According to family members, Smith had recently broken up with her boyfriend, Tim Bryant, took their kids and moved in with her mother and grandfather. Bryant was considered a person of interest in Smith’s disappearance, but never a strong suspect.
Even though Smith’s body has never been found, Welch believes someone harmed her. “It’s time to pay. It’s time. It’s been long enough,” said Welch.
Smith left behind nine siblings and two children.
If you have any information on Robin Smith’s disappearance you are urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department or Crime Stoppers.