A Mother’s Prayer for Closure

 

This is not my usual post but a prayerful request asking for your help for a dear friend’s plea for closure and justice.  We continue to pray that someone will step forward with information on an untimely death of a young man. Please read and forward on to your network . . . Rob wasn’t alone when he went missing.  If you have any information or leads on the incident leading up to Robert Medley’s disappearance, please contact Tampa or St. Petersburg police departments.

Robert Medley - Unexplained Death

Robert Medley – Unexplained Death

I met “Mamma Jean” 6 years ago through Lost Angels Animal Rescue. We had adopted Yogi from Lost Angels Animal Rescue and reached out to find Yogi a companion. Mamma Jean had a little female Yorkie, Bambi, who was rescued from a puppy mill.

We adopted Bambi on a Sunday afternoon in July. Of course, Yogi went with us to make sure he “approved”. Yogi was a chow hound. As soon as he saw the stainless-steel refrigerator in the kitchen, he started “talking” and let Mamma Jean know that he wanted in the door.

Rob, Jean’s son, came downstairs and sat in the kitchen. He got the biggest hoot watching Yogi claw at the refrigerator and “talk” to us. Rob was a handsome guy and had a beautiful tan, muscled body — evidence of his love to work out.  His smile lit up the room.  He was also an animal-lover.  He loved the beach and loved to fish.

Fast-forward 6 years . . .

Sunday, March 30, 2014, concern started when she didn’t hear from her son. He was out with friends that night at The Getaway bar in Tampa, FL. He was last seen running down the beach away from the bar. Days went by with the anxiety and fear intensifying. Five days later, the nightmare became reality. Robert Medley was found dead in the waters off Gandy Blvd.

Another Sunday, this time, April 13, a “Celebration of Life” was held for Rob. The number of friends and family who attended were so many that an adjacent room was open to accommodate everyone. The stories and memories shared by friends and family confirmed the love and heartache of losing Rob — the loving man with a huge heart.

There have been no answers to the cause of his death. There are suspicious facts surrounding his disappearance and death. The Medical Examiner ruled Rob’s death as undetermined. There is an open investigation in progress in Tampa, FL

June 30, 2014, there are still no definitive leads on what happened. Every time I hear John Legend’s “All of Me”, I think about Mamma Jean, Morgan, the rest of his family and friends who still grieve. Rob was only 28 years old. His family, and especially his mother, need closure. They want to know that they have done everything to find out what happened to him on March 30, 2014.

 

Long night in Newark

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” — John Steinbeck

I like to travel, and it’s most enjoyable when there are no major issues.  A tornado touched down in Baltimore-Washington late this afternoon, so we knew there would be plenty of flight delays.  How bizarre that all of the following happened to one flight!

  • Blackberry message:  Tampa flight delayed until 8:00 p.m. (originally 6:30 p.m.)
  • 7:30 p.m.  Blackberry message “ding”: Tampa flight delayed until 8:30 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m.  Gate 180 banner changes from Tampa to West Palm Beach departing @ 8:35 p.m.
  • Customer Service desk Visit #1:  agent says Tampa flight is still scheduled to depart from Gate 180 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Ranting mother of two at Gate 180 demands to speak to the manager after confirming that West Palm Beach flight was leaving from Gate 180, not Tampa flight.
  • Customer Service desk Visit #2:  agent can’t find Tampa’s new gate assignment.  But she informs me that another Tampa flight is leaving in 30 minutes.  “Walk fast and try stand-by”.
  • Thankful for the aerobic activity, off I go to the next gate.  Unfortunately, the flight is full, and they aren’t taking any more stand-bys.
  • Customer Service desk visit #3:  agent confirms that Tampa flight is now departing @ 9:30 p.m. from Gate 184
  • By now it’s 9:00 p.m., so off to Gate 184 to speak to another agent.
  • Plane was diverted to Philadelphia due to the afternoon storms.  Good news, is that the plane is on the ground in Newark but in the International Terminal.  It was being towed to Gate 184 for a scheduled departure @ 9:30 p.m.  Really???
  • Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs had just started, so I passed the time waiting watching the play-by-play on my Blackberry.
  • Blackberry “ding”: Tampa flight now scheduled to depart at 10:00 p.m.
  • Heat and Spurs are tied at half-time and still no plane at the gate.
  • 10:15 p.m. cheers at the window of Gate 184 – “The plane!  The plane!” they shouted.
  • Blackberry “ding”: Tampa flight now scheduled to depart at 11:00 p.m.  Agent at Gate 184 explains the further delay is because our plane has a “flat tire”.  You’ve got to be kidding me???!!!
  • Finally start to board at 10:30 p.m.  DirecTV is on board, so I can watch the NBA Playoffs!
  • Flipping channels I hear someone behind me say “you’ve got to be kidding – no ABC”.  C’mon man!!!
  • Back to my Blackberry while watching “Bottom Line” on ESPN
  • 11:10 p.m. instrument panels are mal-functioning so maintenance has been called.  “Free drinks for everyone on the plane!”
  • ~12:00 p.m. HEAT beat the SPURS 109-93!!!
  • Waiting, waiting, waiting . . .
  • 1:00 a.m. our flight crew “times out” and our flight is cancelled.  “We are sorry for the inconvenience . . . yada, yada, yada. . .”  SERIOUSLY???!!!
  • Customer Service desk Visit #4:  re-booked on tomorrow’s 10:00 a.m. flight, get a hotel and meal voucher.
  • More aerobics to catch the tram to catch the hotel shuttle bus . . .
  • 2:15 a.m.  check in at the Wyndham Garden Hotel with a desk clerk singing along with Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway to Love”
  • 2:30 a.m.  in my room, too tired to cry, 5 hours until I head back to the airport

When flying for travel, you’re at the mercy of TSA, the airlines, and in this case, Mother Nature.  Another “life lesson” that no matter what life throws your way, it’s best to “Bea Positive” and remember “this too shall pass!”

Live to travel another day!

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