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They Only Found Her Legs: What Happened to Candice Taylor

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Candice Taylor was a 21-year old manager at CVS in Columbus, Ohio. She had just received her GED and was looking forward to a career in fashion or business. She was a young woman with a bright future.

During this time, Candice lived at 4990 Chatterton Road with her boyfriend, Roberto Cruz-Revera.

Candice and her mother, Theodora Taylor, were close. They spoke regularly. The last time she spoke with her daughter was in March 2017.

"Then the next thing I know I'm getting a message- 'I'm going to Cincinnati," Theodora Taylor told 10TV News.

In a series of text messages, Theodora told 10TV News Candice told her she was pregnant, moving to Cincinnati, and needed "a break from everybody to clear my thoughts."

Theodora said she continued to receive text messages- "asking for space for a month or two," from her daughter's phone through April, May, and June.

The last message came on June 24, 2017.

Theodora wished her daughter a happy birthday and got the simple response of, "Thanks."

Theodora said the texts and responses were unlike her daughter.

The week of March 28, 2017, a pair of legs in fur Just Fab boots, shoe size 9.5, were found at a South Columbus, Ohio recycling plant.

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Authorities launched an investigation.

Police said the recycling truck traveled through New Albany, Hilliard, Dublin, and west Columbus neighborhoods.

After an extensive search, no leads were found.

They shared a photo of a boot, asking for public help in identifying the victim.

Then, in January 2019, detectives contacted Theodora.

The detective told her DNA from the legs found in March 2017, matched her daughter, Candice Taylor.

"What are you talking about- 'plants?' 'Parts?' What do you mean 'parts?' He was like, 'There's a DNA match, I'm sorry she's gone. There's a DNA match.' No what are you talking about? I immediately just grabbed the rest of these (missing persons) fliers, like, no I still got these fliers to put out.' And then I remember that picture from the boots, and I was just like, 'Those are Candice's boots. Those are something that she would get.' And I just started crying like oh my god," she told 10TV News.

Theodora believed her daughter Candice was still alive in March 2017.

She corresponded with Candice via text messages between March 17, 2017, and June 24, 2017.

Theodora realized there was no way those texts came from Candice.

They were messaging her mother after her disappearance.

According to a Facebook page dedicated to Candice, her boyfriend Roberto Cruz-Revera and Dwayne Hall are two of the last known people to see Candice alive.

There have been no arrests in her case, and her remains have never been located.

Facebook page: Justice for Candice

https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-Candice-Taylor-108056693889786

If you have any information, please contact the Columbus Police Department at 614-645-4545.

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