UPDATE: MSP IDs Body As Robin Pope, Close Friends Remember Her - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

UPDATE: MSP IDs Body As Robin Pope, Close Friends Remember Her

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Robin Pope (L) with daughters Robin Pope (L) with daughters
Pope (L) with friend O'Malley (R) Pope (L) with friend O'Malley (R)

STEVENSVILLE, Md. - As tears fill their eyes, four of Robin Pope's closest friends memorialize their missing friend.

"She meant everything to us," said Debbie O'Malley.

They remember the good times together for the past 25 years, drawing a rose petal-filled heart on the beach, next to the 51-year-old's home.

Jill Shaffer says she first met Robin "at a barbeque at Wayne [Pope]'s house and we loved her from the get-go."

"We would do our toe nails together every Thursday night," said Carol Joyner. "That was just our night and he [Wayne] brought her over just to meet us all."

Police identified the body belonging to Pope after it was discovered just half-a-mile from her home by a man while fishing off his pier just before 3:30 PM on March 23rd.

The cause and manner of death has not been identified. Investigators say they made the identification through dental records.

The Stevensville bodybuilder-in-training went missing on March 2nd outside of her home on Beach Drive, which she shared with her husband until December. On the night Robin went missing, she was reportedly picking up belongings.

"The priority here is to determine what happened and if a crime occurred who is responsible for the crime," said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police Office of Media Communications director.

On this quiet afternoon, as the body was identified as their friend, these ladies take their first steps towards closure.

"Her laugh, she just, she lit up a room," said O'Malley.

"She loved life," said Jennifer Martin.

Friends add that Pope had the ability to make friends in any situation and could fix anything.  Once a breast cancer survivor, she leaves behind two daughters.

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