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Remains found in Robeson could be missing Fayetteville woman

Posted August 9, 2011
Updated August 10, 2011

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— Human remains found in Robeson County Tuesday morning could be those of a Fayetteville woman who has been missing since late June, authorities said.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said the remains were found at about 10 a.m. off Britt Road, east of Saint Pauls. He declined to say who found the remains.

Homicide detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department were at the scene to determine whether the disappearance of Erica Cherie Gainey had become a homicide case.

Gainey, 24, was last seen on June 28 leaving her home in a white 2003 Hyundai Elantra with an acquaintance. Police have identified him as Terry Dale Robinson, 44.

Police said that, about seven hours after Gainey was last seen, Robinson was spotted at a Family Dollar store in the Sampson County town of Harrells – 40 miles away – buying bleach and moth balls. He was driving Gainey's Elantra, which has a Nebraska tag, police said.

Gainey has known Robinson for several years, according to her mother, Dawn Kime. He used to be Gainey's landlord and routinely pays her bills, Kime said, but her daughter never wanted a relationship.

Robinson was arrested on a domestic violence charge on June 26, police records show, and Kime said Gainey picked him up the following day when he bonded out of jail.

Robinson told WRAL News last month that his "heart is heavy" over Gainey's disappearance.

“This is all overwhelming for me. It’s taking its toll the way everybody has been coming to me,” he said in a July 13 telephone interview, declining to comment further without his attorney. "I just hope and pray this has a positive result."

State Department of Correction records show that Robinson was convicted in 1989 for assaulting his estranged wife and served six years in prison. She spent more than two years in a coma before dying, and state law at the time precluded him from being charged with murder since her death occurred so long after the assault.

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  • babygurl6star Aug 11, 2011

    those who have posted negative comments I hope you dont feel the same way as you did before.

  • reeree11 Aug 10, 2011

    for everyone who has posted a negative comment about this young women you should burn just like robinson..its heartless to even consider she deserved to be murdered and disposed of like trash..would you leave these comments if this was one of your family members? i think not!
    my prayers goes out to her family and friends!!

  • lisapeters Aug 9, 2011

    It doesn't matter if she had a criminal past, what matters is she is no longer here, most likely by the hands of Robinson. This lady should be given the same respect as all the other women that were killed by their husband/boyfriend/ex-boyfriend.

    I pray for her family and hope her child is taken care of....

  • babygurl6star Aug 9, 2011

    So what! I know her. That doesnt mean she had to be taken out this world from her daughter and family and her friends.

  • anonemoose Aug 9, 2011

    Erica Cherie Gainey was a good person! She has 6 year old daughter that her family has to explain that her mother is know longer here.You see one picture and you judge her. She had a personality that could turn anyone bad day to a good one. She someone if you meet I promise you , you would never forget her. Please the negative comments are hurtful.
    babygurl6star
    August 9, 2011 5:40 p.m.
    Ignore [abuse] Report abuse

    You should see her list of convictions on DOC..................

  • due_whats_right Aug 9, 2011

    WRAL if you printed their comment, I sure hope you print mine!

    Saberage - I pray that you will be as callus as you are today when something bad happens to your friends - or love ones. Chickens and ants cannot compare to human life! A person with the compassion of ant would not have made such a thoughtless comment.

    This was a mother, a daughter and a friend who lost her life......some animals are respected more in death than this young girl has been! NO HUMAN deserves to be treated like a savage!

  • babygurl6star Aug 9, 2011

    Erica Cherie Gainey was a good person! She has 6 year old daughter that her family has to explain that her mother is know longer here.You see one picture and you judge her. She had a personality that could turn anyone bad day to a good one. She someone if you meet I promise you , you would never forget her. Please the negative comments are hurtful.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 9, 2011

    "State Department of Correction records show that Robinson was convicted in 1989 for assaulting his estranged wife and served six years in prison. She spent more than two years in a coma before dying, and state law at the time precluded him from being charged with murder since her death occurred so long after the assault."

    A travesty in and of itself.

    So now another woman is dead, most probably at his hands.

    It's time to step up all across the US and start putting violent offenders in prisons for a long enough time to make them no longer a threat to society - like when they're 80 or 100 years old.

    Praying for those who loved these two women. Praying justice is served.

  • eric52272 Aug 9, 2011

    WITH THIS GUY'S RAP SHEET HE SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN FREE TODAY TO DO ANYONE HARM.

  • johnsool Aug 9, 2011

    Fayetteville\Cumberland please get a grip on this violence! You are becoming another Durham.
    Retired07

    Please give that argument a rest. There is a story here with far more meaning than that lame issue. The victim was loved by someone just as you love your family,hopefully.

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