NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk family is making a public plea to help find a missing mother.
Phylicia Robinson, 26, was last seen Wednesday at her mother's home on Marlow Avenue in Ocean View, according to Karen Parker-Chesson with Norfolk Police.
The day of her disappearance, Robinson spent the day with her friend Carrie Simmons, who says they went to class, lunch and the gym before parting ways around 1 p.m..
Family members say Phylicia then went to her mother's house and asked her to pick up her son from school, so she could go home, shower and nap before going to work the overnight shift at WalMart.
The plan was for her to pick up her son Thursday morning from her mother's house. Friends say Robinson rarely goes a few hours without speaking to her son.
"Every child needs their mother, so for her to just walk off, she wouldn't do it," said Simmons, fighting back tears. "She wouldn't do it."
Robinson's ex-boyfriend, Rashawn Webb, who is also the father of her son, was the first to notice she was missing.
When she didn't answer his phone messages, he went to her apartment to check on her. She didn't answer the door, so he went to Robinson's mother's house to grab a spare key. He says the apartment door was locked and the lights were off when he entered the apartment. He says there was no one inside, but he found Robinson's cell phone, wallet and keys on her bed.
"I went to unlock the door. The top lock...wasn't locked," said Webb. "The bottom lock was locked. So I went in, looked around, everything looked like normal. Then I went to the bedroom and see her cell phone and keys on the bed."
Sister Sharniqua Scott says Robinson's door did not look like it had been tampered with when family first arrived that night and found her keys and belongings on the bed, but Scott says it appears someone came after they left and tried to pry the door open.
"It's like she vanished into thin air," said Simmons.
Webb says he knows some suspect him of foul play, but says he had nothing to do with Robinson's disappearance.
"I would never do anything to hurt my kid's mother," he said. "I love her to death. I need her to come home. My son needs her. She was a great mother and she needs to come home."
The family doesn't know what happened to her and is not ruling out foul play. They've been receiving calls from people who think they've seen her in the Hampton Roads area, but so far those tips have been unfounded.
"Please call in. If you don't want to tell us who you are, that' s fine," said Shatika Kelley, Robinson's friend. "But just tell us whatever you know. All we want is for her to come home."
Family believes Robinson is still wearing a pink gym t-shirt with 'breast cancer awareness' written on it and pink, green and white pajama pants.
Robinson has a tattoo of a bow and arrow on her chest. She is 5'4" and weighs about 125 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding her location should contact Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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