The reward has been increased for information about the disappearance of a 78-year-old South Daytona woman and the discovery of a body across the street from her mobile home, police announced today.
Goldie Robinson, who lived in Twin Oaks mobile-home park, was last seen about two months ago. The body of Arthur Sheldon, 67, of Port Orange was found last week.
"I'm still holding out hope that Goldie is still alive," South Daytona police Chief Bill Hall said.
Investigators say the common denominator in both cases is Kimberly Smith, 44, who is serving nearly a year in the Orange County Jail on a violation-of-probation conviction. Neither Smith nor anyone in her family has been named as a suspect.
Hall said Smith's son, Samuel Smith — known as "Adam" — was living in Sheldon's trailer last year and in Robinson's this summer. His wife and some children also apparently were with him, the chief said.
Kimberly Smith was "the self-appointed caretaker" of both older people, police said. Neighbors told officers that Smith, whom they knew as "Dawn," was seen going into Sheldon's home at Lamplighter Mobile Home Community dressed as a nurse, Hall said. Investigators say she has no nursing credentials.
Police got involved last week after Robinson's son, Fred Roberts, 58, of Baltimore became concerned because he couldn't reach his mom. Sheldon's body was found in woods behind Smith's unit on Aug. 25.
Robinson is a widow who her son said had refused to communicate with her over the summer. Sheldon was divorced. Nobody had reported him missing.
Money has been withdrawn this summer using Robinson's ATM card, Hall said. Investigators are trying to determine whether she or someone else used the card. Robinson is a retired waitress and Denny's restaurant manager who worked part time at a movie theater. She lived on about $1,200 in Social Security benefits, her son said.
Two men bought Robinson's Ford Taurus from a man who police say was Adam Smith. They tried to return it Saturday and didn't know the circumstances, officers said. Police had flagged the registration to track a potential buyer.
Anyone with information about Robinson or Sheldon is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477. There is a $ 2,500 reward, up from $1,000, police spokesman Lt. Ron Wright said. The police department kicked in the extra $1,500 he said.
Susan Jacobson can be reached at email@example.com or 407-540-5981.
Goldie Robinson: Reward increased for info on missing elderly woman
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