MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Mississippi man has been charged with murdering his mother, according to the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the sheriff’s department, 49-year-old Tracy Lynn Robbins was reported missing on August 17, 2022. Robbins was last known to be with her son, Taylor Wilbanks.
After a month-long investigation, Wilbanks was charged with her murder. Wilbanks is charged with second degree murder and credit card fraud. He was arraigned by Circuit Court Judge Kelly Luther on Friday. His bond was set at $500,000 for the murder charge and $5,000 for credit card fraud.
The Tippah County Sheriff’s Department says U.S. Marshals arrested Wilbanks in Corinth, Mississippi Thursday.
The sherifff’s department says that after conducting interviews, deputies were able to find Robbins’ body. Her body was reportedly found off of County Road 327, northwest of Ripley.
Several agencies reportedly assisted in the search, including Tippah County Search and Rescue, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.
Barbara Garner, the mother of Tracy Lynn Robbins, admits she’s facing the darkest moment of her life after learning her daughter was found dead.
“She was just a humble, very humble person. She asked for nothing. She just wanted someone to love her, cherish her and be there for her,” Garner said. “I had been working with investigators here in Ripley, and they told me ‘It did not look good.’ But now it’s closure time, and it’s hard for to keep a calm face because it is my daughter.”
Garner says it was Wilbanks who led deputies and U.S. Marshals to his mother’s body.
“It’s just unreal. It’s a nightmare,” Garner said. “I pray that nobody ever has to go through this.”
A motive for the murder has not been released at this time.
While Garner’s heart is heavy with grief, she holds on to what her faith has taught her.
“I cannot hate Taylor,” Garner said. “It’s not in my heart to hate him. I been in church long enough to know you have to forgive people.”
Robbins also leaves behind a daughter. Funeral arraignments have not been made.