Overview of Robin Flynn
Those in Robin’s life knew that her life was not easy by any means.
Robin struggled with substance abuse and an addiction to cocaine, which caused her to lose custody of her children, who she loved more than anything. At the time of her disappearance, Robin was in the process of trying to regain custody of her four children, William, Christopher, Sara, and Elizabeth, who were living in foster care. Also at the time of her disappearance, Robin was supposed to be taking medication daily and was scheduled to attend a brain operation in the coming weeks.
“She was said to have a serious medical condition and if she didn’t take her medication, she could die.” - Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Detective M.D. Faulkner.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available regarding Robin’s actions or whereabouts leading up to her disappearance.
Robin, who was living in Kissimmee, FL, visited Okeechobee, FL in 1998. We also know that Robin picked up a prescription at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Okeechobee, FL on December 14, 1998.
On December 19, 1998 around 10:00 pm, Robin visited an acquaintance’s home in the 1700 block of SW 8th Street in Okeechobee. It is unknown why she went to this individual’s home. Later that evening, Robin is dropped off at a home located in the 800 block of Northwest Avenue in Okeechobee, FL by another acquaintance. According to the individual who dropped her off, she went to this home to allegedly purchase drugs. After dropping her off, the individual claims that he drove away in his blue Chevrolet van. When he returned to pick her up shortly after, he explained that Robin was nowhere to be found.
Robin is reported missing and has a possible interaction with a state trooper.
Three days later, on December 22, 1998, Robin’s brother reported her missing to police. On the same day at around the same time as the missing person report was filed, a state trooper sees someone matching Robin’s description. According to the state trooper, The individual’s face was red and swollen, and she was walking east on State Road 70. The woman seen by the trooper is wearing a white turtleneck sweater and red pants, the same outfit Robin was last seen wearing three days earlier.
“They felt something was wrong and that something had happened to her, and she did not have a history of disappearing for any length of time.” - Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Detective M.D. Faulkner.
In April of 2019, investigators received a tip, leading to multiple searches.
The tip received by law enforcement regards a possible location for Robin’s body; a septic tank on a property in Okeechobee, FL. Upon visiting and conducting a foot search of the property, authorities were unable to find anything of evidentiary value.
The following month, May of 2019, authorities returned to the same property with cadaver dogs. After the dogs identified an area of interest, investigators used ground-penetrating radar to search further. It is unknown whether anything was found during this search. Again, in September of 2019, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Crime Lab conducted yet another search of the same area of interest. Further information about this search has not been released by authorities.
Where the case stands today.
Today, Robin’s case continues to be labeled as an unsolved missing person case. Authorities continue searching the Okeechobee, FL area, though there has not been any new information released since September of 2019.
“No matter what situation this woman was in, she had a brother and a sister and children who cared about her. She had a life.” - Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Detective T.J. Brock.
At the time of her disappearance in 1998, Robin was described as a 33 year old caucasian woman with light brown hair and hazel/green eyes. Robin stood between 5’2”-5’4” tall and weighed approximately 118 lbs. Robin wears wire-framed glasses and has titanium rods in her hips and right leg due to a previous fracture. Robin is missing all of her teeth and usually wears dentures, but she was not wearing them at the time of her disappearance. She has the following tattoos: a unicorn on her left shoulder, a rose and the initials "R.A." on her upper right arm, a rose on the inside of her left arm, the names Sara, Elizabeth, William, and Christopher on the back of her left shoulder, and a heart-like design with a banner running through it along with the names Sara, Beth, William, and Christopher on her right forearm. Robin has several scars, pierced ears, and she may use the last name Arnold.
“At this point, anything is possible. But, I do believe foul play is involved.” - Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Detective M.D. Faulkner.
If you have any information regarding Robin’s disappearance or her whereabouts, please contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 763-3117.