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Anthony Kennedy wanted for aggravated murder in death of missing Cleveland woman Adrianna Taylor

Adrianna Taylor's killer remains on the run as loved ones demand justice
Adrianna Taylor's killer remains on the run as loved ones demand justice 01:50

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A man is wanted for aggravated murder after a woman reported missing from Cleveland was found shot to death in the backyard of a home in Wilkinsburg.

A flyer from Cuyahoga County Crimestoppers offers $5,000 for information leading to 43-year-old Anthony Kennedy's arrest. Twenty-three-year-old Adrianna Taylor had been living with Kennedy until her death.

Anthony Kennedy is wanted on aggravated murder charges in the death of Adrianna Taylor, a missing Cleveland woman whose body was found in Wilkinsburg.  (Photo: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County)

According to Cleveland police, Taylor was reported missing by her family on Nov. 13. They told police they hadn't heard from her since early October.

On Thanksgiving night, her body was discovered buried in the backyard of a home on Hill Avenue in Wilkinsburg. The arrest warrant says Kennedy previously lived in Pennsylvania and currently has relatives living within the state. It also says Kennedy's sister either lived or currently lives in the house that sits on the property where Taylor's body was found.

The medical examiner said Taylor died from a gunshot wound to the head and rule her death a homicide. 

Surveillance video captured police activity the night Taylor's body was found. Investigators can be seen arriving at the Hill Avenue home around 8:45 pm before leaving more than two hours later. During that timeframe, law enforcement can be seen going in and out and around the house collecting evidence.

Kennedy was also recently seen in the backyard of the Wilkinsburg home, according to the arrest warrant.


Neighbors who didn't want to be on camera said they never heard gunshots that night.

Edgar Hoyle said he was one of the last people to speak to Taylor, who he has known since middle school. Hoyle said a few friends started to get worried after they did not hear from Taylor for days. 

"I wish I could bring you back," Hoyle said Monday.

"I miss your soul, your energy," Hoyle added.

Hoyle said he had concerns about his friend's relationship with the 43-year-old Kennedy but kept them to himself, something he now regrets. 

Friend calls for justice in death of Adriana Taylor 03:10

"I feel like this is something I should have talked to her about," Hoyle said. "I had a red flag. ... I didn't say anything 'cause I'm like, you're grown, it's your business. I'm not your father, I'm your friend."

As police look for Kennedy, Hoyle is still searching for the reason why his friend was killed. He said he has no sympathy for the person who did it.

"You did something very, very wrong," Hoyle said. 'And very bad. And you deserve all the time they're going to give you."

Anyone with information regarding this case can contact investigators at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

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