It has been over a month of “unimaginable” anguish for Tiffany Robinson, the mother of 26-year-old Taylour Young, who went missing on Dec. 9 in Houston.
“Nobody knows nothing. Nobody is saying nothing,” Robinson told Yahoo News before making her daily trip to Young’s alma mater, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, her mind filled with questions. “I think about did he eat? Is he cold? Is he suffering?”
Robinson first learned something was amiss when her son’s live-in girlfriend knocked on her door on Dec. 9 to tell her he was not returning her texts. While Young had not responded to a call from Robinson earlier in the day, she had written it off.
“He is a skateboarder and everybody don’t stay by their phone,” she said.
According to the Houston Police Department, Young was last seen on Dec. 9 at a Capital One bank ATM at the corner of South Voss Road and San Felipe Street in West Houston. He was on his lunch break from his job, where he worked for the accounting and finance department in the Westchase District. Robinson said his office is walking distance from his apartment. Robinson previously told People magazine that she had no idea why her son would be in that area, which is about 15 minutes east of Young’s workplace, around lunchtime.
“He’s responsible. I know my child is not gonna just leave and and not call me, not call my sister, not call his dad, not call his best friend who he talked to every day. So, I cannot imagine why someone would want to hurt him,” Robinson told Yahoo.
Robinson used the Find My iPhone app and located her son's phone in some bushes a few feet away from the bank. Surveillance video from a nearby Kroger’s supermarket showed Young’s gray 2019 Honda Civic driving through the ATM. But Robinson said Houston Police do not suspect foul play because no one reported suspicious activity in the heavily congested area.
“I have ruled out a random act of violence. I now believe that this is somebody who probably know him that did something to him. Who? I don’t know yet,” Robinson said.
Capital One has not responded to requests from the police and Robinson for more information about Young’s account activity. The bank has also not released surveillance video from the ATM.
Capitol One’s corporate headquarters did not return a message seeking comment for this article.
Robinson, frustrated with the runaround that she says the bank’s corporate division has given her, believes that if her son had a credit card with the institution and used his card since Dec. 9, that would give police a lead.
Using the hashtags #bringtaylourhome and #taylouryoung, Young’s loved ones have brought attention to his case on social media, On Instagram, rapper Cardi B urged Capital One Bank to release the surveillance video that contains Young’s car.
Robinson credits social media with helping to bring attention to her son’s disappearance.
“Whether people have actually met him or just seen the postings on Facebook, they feel like he is a family member,” she said. “The love I get in the inbox — it’s just so many people are willing to help look for him.”
But so far, that attention hasn’t translated into any new information about Young’s whereabouts.
Young is 5 feet 11 inches tall, has short black hair and brown eyes, and weighs around 160 pounds. Police say he was last seen wearing a blue Billionaire Boy's Club sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. The New Orleans native — who relocated to Houston with his mother in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina — also has a tattoo of the Tasmanian devil on his right leg and a fleur-de-lis tattoo with a snake on the back of his right calf. His silver Honda Civic also has a black trunk and a crack in the windshield on the passenger's side.
“I just feel like it’s not over until God says it’s over. ... I have to make a post every day to keep it going. And it’s hard. It’s hard to post ‘help me’ every day,” Robinson said, wiping tears from her eyes. “I don’t know what to think. I just always believe that he’s coming home. I just want his story to be known.”
Anyone who may have seen Young or has information concerning his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Houston Police Department at (832) 394-1840 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.