Reward offered for Wellford woman missing since Jan.

Robbie Arlene Turner

WELLFORD, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate family needs help finding answers months after their loved one went missing.

There’s now a reward to help find Robbie Turner. She was last seen in January.

“That’s why we’re setting up this reward,” said Turner’s mother, Deretha. “She always stayed in contact with us.”

As three generations looked through old family photos, they remembered the good times.

“She kept you laughing and she didn’t even try to – it was just… Her,” said Turner’s daughter Xena. “My mom was a real caring person.”

Turner did not make Xena’s recent high school graduation, which is something the family said she would never do intentionally.

“She wouldn’t miss her daughter’s most important things in her life,” said Turner’s sister Nellie Vernon.

Turner was reported missing to Wellford police after she was last seen around 11 p.m. on Monday, January 16 walking down Highway 292 near Ridge Road.

“Tuesday the dogs came back but she didn’t – her three little dogs came back. She always carried her dogs with her,” said Deretha Turner.

Along with a love for animals, relatives say Turner served in the National Guard but also had personal struggles.

“She got an honorable discharge,” said Deretha Turner.

Vernon could not hold back tears after months of waiting.

“It makes me emotional because I know she wouldn’t be gone this long unless something happened to her,” said Vernon. Vernon said she’s optimistic but turner’s mother is losing hope.

“I think something happened to her and she won’t be back,” said Deretha Turner. “That’s a mother’s instinct.”

On a journey for closure, they’re hoping a $1,000 reward will help get answers.

“We actually loved her through her flaws and her imperfect decisions,” said Xena Turner. “I just hope people understand what if this was your aunt, your sister, your mother.”

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is helping the Wellford Police Department with the case. Investigators say they’ve chased numerous leads but none have led to finding Turner.

Turner is 5’0″ tall and weighs 140 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or Investigator Mark Gaddy at 864-503-4580.

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