Volunteers continue to search for remains after death of Sade Robinson

NOW: Volunteers continue to search for remains after death of Sade Robinson

Updated: April 13 at 8:35 p.m.

Friends and family members of Sade Robinson returned to Warnimont Park in Cudahy Saturday afternoon. Volunteers trekked several miles of shoreline in hopes of finding Robinson and getting closure.

Where Lake Michigan meets Warnimont Park, family members, friends, and strangers search for answers. 

“Closure. They deserve closure," said Rochelle Posey a search party volunteer. 

Volunteers say they won't stop looking until they find Robinson. 

“If I had a missing loved one, my sister, brother, auntie, anybody. I would want somebody to come out and help me, too." said Posey. 

They hope to give Robinson a proper burial and her family, closure. 

“She’s somebody’s kid and she deserves justice. She deserves to be put to rest the correct way and this isn’t the way so I think we should find her," said Posey.

Milwaukee Police said, on Friday, this is an ongoing investigation, and they are looking for additional remains.

Updated: April 12 at 10:30 p.m. 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Police are so far only pointing to the severed leg at a Cudahy Park as belonging to Sade Robinson. That has set a group of volunteers in motion, vowing to continue the search until all of Robinson has been returned to her family.

The latest search was expansive. Volunteers stopping in multiple spots across Milwaukee County in an eight-hour period, looking over anything with a connection to the case.

As dusk set in Friday night, volunteers didn't quit, fanning out in Jackson Park, just blocks from where the suspect Maxwell Anderson lives. Their motivation, to give support to a grieving mother.

"I wouldn't be able to even sleep knowing that my baby is a little bit of everywhere in this city right now," said Latoya Crawford, volunteer.

Friday afternoon cousins and friends of Sade Robinson returned to the train tracks, down a steep incline near 30th and Galena, where searches for Robinson turned up human remains this week. This time, volunteers were aided by a handful of people who never met Sade.

"This baby need justice. Her family need justice. Her mom needs peace -49 she deserves a proper burial," said Jazmine McCollum, volunteer.

"As a mother myself I felt compelled to come out here and help. It's emotional," said Crawford.

Another setback didn't stop the group. A smokey fire broke out along those train tracks near 32nd and Cherry as volunteer were close by. The Milwaukee Fire Department responded. No one was hurt.

"We’re gonna keep searching until we find something," said Aryianna, a friend and co-worker of Robinson.

Friday's search was expansive, including Jackson Park on Milwaukee's southwest side and Kern Park in Riverwest. They also stopped at an abandoned house near 30th and Lisbon, close to where Robinson's car was found burned.

"Yea looking through everything going up and down the hills looking through the water lifting up branches you know just trying to find something that could piece all of this together," said Aryianna.

The 19-year-old soon-to-be graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College was last seen April 1. Aryianna recalls one of the last times she talked to her friend at Pizza Shuttle.

"Talking about her birthday coming up what she wanted to do. Sade was a sweet girl you know caring, loving," said Aryianna.

And as they leave no stone unturned, they're wearing pink vests and posting pink hearts for the girl Milwaukee's come to know as the heart of Pizza Shuttle where she worked. A GoFundMe to help with burial costs has also captured the attention of many. 

"Coming out here trying to search for her and get her mom the closure she needs," said Korianna Danielle, volunteer.

This latest search didn't turn up anything useable, but these volunteers are committed. They're next planning to return to Warnimont Park in Cudahy where Sade's severed leg was recovered.

Officials say the remains found in multiple locations in Milwaukee are still being processed for official identification. Although the sheriff's office says they do not believe multiple victims are involved.

Updated: April 12, 2024

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The search to find 19-year-old Sade Robinson has ended after authorities say she was murdered. 

A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection with homicide and mutilation of a corpse.

Read the latest on the investigation here

Updated: 10:18 p.m. on April 10, 2024: 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- What happened to Pizza Shuttle's favorite worker, missing 19-year-old Sade Robinson? And what have police learned about the human leg found at a Cudahy Park? Two mysteries leaving Milwaukee eager for answers. CBS 58 spoke with a former police lieutenant about why he thinks police are not saying anything.

It's been another day of trying to get answers. We're still awaiting the release of our Freedom of Information request for the documents holding Maxwell Anderson, a Milwaukee bartender, behind bars. And as time goes by, family and friends of Sade Robinson have been growing more anxious.

What we do know is that it's been a busy week and a half for investigators working two separate cases in Milwaukee County.

"I think it's important that they take their time, that they slow down and they methodically work through the case. The scene is literally throughout the county. So that means that we have to take our time," said Dr. Ken Harris, a retired Milwaukee Police Lieutenant and present afternoon host for 101.7FM The Truth.

Nine days ago, something out of character for Sade Robinson. The stellar employee didn't show up for work at Pizza Shuttle in Milwaukee. Search parties have turned up her burning car in a Milwaukee alley and her favorite blanket.

Separately, a human leg was found in Cudahy. For that, Maxwell Anderson, a Milwaukee bartender, is being held on probable cause while DNA that police say they found in his home on Milwaukee's South Side, is processed.

"It's not illegal to find blood in your house unless it matches to a crime and that's what they're trying to find out. We've got decades of experience putting together cases just like this, just like they did Dahmer," said Dr. Harris.

Dr. Ken Harris says investigators are playing a balancing act right now in balancing the rights of the accused with the rights of the victim.

"None of that will be known until the DNA comes back," said Dr. Harris.

Dr. Harris says the investigations could take months as detectives dig into Anderson's background. Again, he has not been charged and if the blood evidence in his home isn't a match to a crime, Dr. Harris says police would likely have to let him go.

Updated: 9:47 p.m. on April 9, 2024

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Hours into a search Tuesday for a 19-year-old woman, missing for over a week now, family and friends made what they believe could be a disturbing discovery in the woods.

Credit: CBS 58

The discovery was made about 75 yards off a golf course parking lot, back in the middle of tall trees. Family and friends of Sade Robinson found what they say looked like a bone.

Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies were called to Warnimont Park Tuesday evening.

"Sorry, I got to stop for right now, because like that's a lot. I'm just overall sad," said Julia Ferrara, family friend.

There was a hush that came over family and friends of Sade Robinson as they surrounded what appeared to be a bone.

"Somebody had mentioned that it maybe looked like a human foot bone or something like that, but again it could be anywhere, from anything," said Shana Wendt, family friend.

Warnimont Park's also where a human leg was found last week. Police have not linked that to the disappearance of Sade Robinson, but a person of interest, Maxwell Anderson, is being held on probable cause. April 1 is the last time anybody heard from Robinson.

"I just know Sade is a good girl and we need to bring her back home or bring her some justice," said Ferrara.

In earlier searches, Robinson's loved ones were able to locate another possible bone, and also the 19-year-old's blanket.

"Just anybody and their family, whoever went missing, you are in a living hell until you find your baby, you know, and that we need to be here helping so she can cope, the mom," said Wendt.

Their discoveries fueling this group to keep looking for answers about what happened to the young lady they call the "heart" of Milwaukee's Pizza Shuttle, where she's worked for several years.

"I'm not sure what happened form the time she left work on Monday until people finding things on Tuesday morning," said Ferrara.

"Whatever it takes. If we have to come out every day, we will. We would appreciate everybody in the community to just come out and show up," said Wendt.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department's not releasing any details yet about what was found. Meantime, family and friends are asking the public to show up and help with the search. They plan to be back out at Warnimont Park Wednesday afternoon.

Updated: April 8, 2024

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are still looking for 19-year-old Sade Carleena Robinson who was last seen exactly a week ago near the area of Pleasant and Commerce.

"I was the manager on duty when she did not show that day. It wasn't like her at all and we kind of knew something was up, we had been calling her all day," said Justin Romano

The Pizza Shuttle catering manager told CBS 58 News on Monday, April 8, Robinson always put a smile on her coworkers' faces.

"Very outgoing, she would talk to everybody here," he said. "She was always there to lighten the mood.

Romero added that her disappearance has been hard on everyone who's worked with her for the past three years, which is why the restaurant closed last Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

"We're all worried about her, we're scared, it's kind of hard to get through the day," added Shontra Hogan, another coworker.

Robinson is described as being 5' tall, weighing 135 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

She is believed to be wearing a black coat, white, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

As of Monday afternoon, Milwaukee police said no one's been arrested in connection to her disappearance.

"If you have anything, if you know anything, if you see anything, please just speak up, let us know, reach out to the proper authorities," said Romero

MPD also told CBS 58 News that at this time, they do not have a reason to suspect that there is any danger to the community.

Anyone with information about Robinson's whereabouts is asked to contact MPD District 5 at (414) 935-7252.

Published: April 3, 2024

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are looking for 19-year-old Sade Carleena Robinson who was last seen on Monday, April 1 near the area of Pleasant and Commerce.

Robinson is described as being 5' tall, weighing 135 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

She is believed to be wearing a black coat, white hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

Anyone with information about Robinson's whereabouts are asked to contact MPD District 5 at (414) 935-7252.

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