An autopsy has confirmed that the woman’s body found Saturday afternoon along the Kent Island shoreline is Robin Pope, the Queen Anne’s County woman who was reported missing from her estranged husband’s home three weeks ago, Maryland State Police say.
Doctors at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore positively identified the deceased as Pope using dental records.
Pope’s husband and daughters were notified Saturday of the recovery of the body and the lack of a positive identification at that time.
Pope, 51, of Stevensville, Md. was reported missing by her husband early on the morning of March 2, 2013. Multiple land and water searches and further investigation had failed to locate Pope.
Pope, a dental hygienist and a mother of two, had gone to her estranged husband's house late on the night of March 1 to pick up some belongings.
While she was there, her husband, Wayne, left the house. When he returned the next morning, he said Robin's car, purse, keys and other items were still at the house, but she and his dog were gone.
"There is no clear information as to what occurred, where she is and what happened," Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said at that time.
Later in the weekend, Queen Anne's County Sheriff's officials found the dog, a Great Dane, dead in the water near a nearby pier. An examination of the dog, however, discovered that it had large tumors in its upper torso and did not die of external injuries or drowning, as previously thought.