14-year-old Brittany Shante Robinson lived in Mobile, Alabama, with her mother, Tiana Hogue. According to loved ones, Brittany loved to read and draw. She got along well with her teachers and was in advanced classes. Tiana shared custody with Brittany’s father, Demetric Lemond Hooper.
On June 14, 2012, Demetric’s sister, Sierra Hooper, picked Brittany up and dropped her off at Demetric’s home for a short visit. She was expected to return home on June 18th.
Instead, Tiana never saw her daughter again.
At first, Tiana wasn’t concerned when Brittany didn’t return home. She assumed they were having a good time and that Demetric had simply extended the trip for a day or two. But the hours passed by and Tiana didn’t hear from Demetric or Brittany, which was unusual.
On June 20th, Tiana texted Demetric and he responded that he would have Brittany home in an hour. Three hours later, there was still no sign of her. Tiana called Demetric repeatedly but he didn’t answer. Instead, he texted her that they were at a wedding and said he would drop Brittany off soon.
That never happened.
Demetric stopped communicating with Tiana at this point. Frantic, she drove to his apartment and got in touch with his landlord. Together, they made their way inside only to find it completely empty, as though it had been cleaned out. There were no signs that Brittany had ever been there.
On July 26th, a warrant was issued for Demetric for custodial interference. Unfortunately, no one knew where he was. It wasn’t until four months later that a witness called in a tip claiming he had been on a bus with a man who resembled Demetric. The bus was from Mississippi to Tennessee and the witness overheard Demetric state he was headed to Arkansas while on a phone call. The police found Demetric at a research facility in Arkansas where he was being paid to take experimental medication for schizophrenia. He had Brittany’s pink iPod and a rope in his possession.
Demetric was sentenced to 10 years but he was released early in 2016. He continues to maintain that Brittany is safe but refuses to divulge any more information regarding her whereabouts.
Brittany Robinson was last seen wearing a pink floral shirt and blue jeans. She has asthma and was without her medication when she went to visit her father. If you have any information, contact MPD at 251-208-1700.