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Police Search For Missing Stevensville Woman

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) -- A woman is missing in Stevensville. She disappeared with her dog, and now that Great Dane has been found dead.

Derek Valcourt has more on this concerning story.

Investigators spent hours Sunday with dive teams and sonar in the water right near where that dog's body was found, but still this woman's whereabouts remain a mystery.

In Stevensville, Queen Anne's County neighbors and friends are searching roadsides and wooded areas for any signs of 51-year-old Robin Pope.

"It's just unbelievable that this happened," said friend Gina Knapp.

Pope was last seen late Friday night by her estranged husband, who says she came to his home to collect some items.

"The husband reported that when she arrived at the home late Friday night, he left the residence. And then when he returned a couple of hours later, her vehicle was still in the driveway but she and the family dog were gone," said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.

As neighbors began searching, the dog--a Great Dane--was discovered dead several hundreds yards away near the water at a public beach, causing those who know Robin Pope to fear the worst.

"Judging by how the dog was found, it appears to me that somebody probably tried to take her and the dog was protecting her and that's why it was beaten the way it was," Knapp said.

The discovery of the dog triggered state police to take over the case and search nearby waters. Investigators say Pope's belongings--including her purse and keys--were still inside her vehicle.

"It is very, very weird and very sad because you don't hear about this on Kent Island," said neighbor Debbie Shaw.

For now, friends and neighbors pray while they search as much of Kent Island as they can.

"The more people out here searching, both the citizens, the fire department--everybody--the better chance we're going to find her," Shaw said.

State police say Robin Pope and her husband Wayne were separated back in December, but not yet divorced. She is a mother and as you could imagine, her daughters are worried.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Centreville barrack. That number is 410-758-1101.

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