Rest in peace to Hiawayi!
Body Of Missing Girl Hiawayi Robinson Found
Volunteers cried and hugged each other on Thursday afternoon after the body of missing 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson was found near Rebel Road.
Via AL News reports:
Prichard spokeswoman Melanie Baldwin did not confirm that a body had been found. However, Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard, told AL.com that the body of Hiawayi had been found.
Around 1 p.m., a statewide missing child alert was cancelled. According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety, Hiawayi had been located.
News of the discovery started trickling down shortly after officials released images of a person of interest in the case. The images were taken on Wednesday, one day after Hiawayi was last seen, Baldwin said.
In the parking lot which served as search headquarters, a volunteer hugged loved ones.
Yvonne Whitlock said she was part of the search party on Thursday and Hiawayi’s body was found behind an abandoned building on Rebel Road.
“We went out with the intent to find little Hiawayi to put her back in her mother’s arms,” Whitlock said. “I have an 8-year-old son and my heart is at the bottom of my feet.”
She said her prayers and thoughts were with Hiawayi’s family.
Earlier on Thursday, Hiawayi’s father, Hiawatha Robinson, pleaded for information on his daughter’s whereabouts. He said she had called on Tuesday to ask for money ahead of her birthday on Sept. 24.
She told him she was going to go play with her cousin but her grandmother, Brenda Populus, said her cousin wasn’t home.
“I just want her to come home and talk about my bald head,” he said as he recalled her jovial nature. “I miss all that.”
This story is developing but we hope that the killer of this poor child is brought to justice soon!