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A Bench For Robin: Friends Memorialize Stevensville Woman Year After Death

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. - Driving down Romancoke Road, it's hard to miss the bench near the Nemo Equestrian Park.

The bold engravings read: "Robin L Pope and Bella. Until we see you again. This is not where it ends."

Two of her closest friends Debbie O'Malley and Jill Shaffer made the bench as a memorial after spotting similar ones in Bethany Beach. O'Malley says the words came from a Carrie Underwood song.

Both women knew Pope for 23 years.

"When we drive by or run by or walk by, then it's there to say, 'hey Robin, we don't forget you," said Shaffer. "

"I can look over and see the bench and think of Robin," said O'Malley. "It's been a tough year. It's been a tough year. The unknown, I guess is what makes it tough."

Pope and her Great Dane Bella went missing from her home on Beach Drive last March. A few days later, investigators from Maryland State Police say Bella's body was found along the shoreline. Then later that month, a neighbor reportedly spotted Pope's body from his dock.

A year has gone by and still no suspects. Investigators still don't know how she died as her body was believed to be submerged in the cold waters for three weeks.

Her friends now hoping this bench can keep her name alive

"We need answers," said Shaffer. "We still don't have the answers that we want."

O'Malley and Shaffer tell WMDT they will hold a dedication of the bench on Sunday.

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