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Pregnant Florida Woman Disappears After Receiving Unsettling Calls at Work

Jasmine Robinson was eagerly awaiting the birth of her daughter when she disappeared — but her family told police they believe not everyone was as excited about the impending birth.

By Jill Sederstrom
Jasmine Robinson

Just hours after getting upsetting phone calls at work, 23-year-old Jasmine Robinson vanished into the night, never to be seen again. 

More than four years later, Jasmine’s anguished family is still searching for answers about what happened to Jasmine, who had loved her family and her job at McDonald’s and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first child when she disappeared on February 18, 2019. 

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“Growing up with Jasmine, we had good times, we had bad times, we even had some of the best times,” her sister Shantavia told the Dateline: Missing in America podcast. “We all grew up as a family around my grandmother and my granddad. She was a fun person to be around. She was a loving person.”

What Happened to Jasmine Robinson?

Raised by her grandmother, Rosa Robinson — also known as “Miss Rosa” — Jasmine grew up in the small town of Archer, Florida, with a population of just 1,100. It’s the kind of town where everyone knows each other, making her disappearance all the more unsettling. 

Jasmine Robinson

On the night she disappeared, Jasmine worked her regular shift at McDonald’s and then called her grandmother for a ride home. When Miss Rosa arrived to pick her up, she noticed something seemed off about her granddaughter, who admitted she’d been getting disturbing phone calls at work.

“She told me something was happening. She didn’t tell me what, but she told me something was happening,” Miss Rosa remembered. “Water was coming out of her eyes ‘cause they had been trying to talk to her on the job and she got really offended.”

Miss Rosa tried to pry further, but Jasmine never went into more details. When they arrived home, each retreated to their own separate bedrooms for the night. By the morning, Jasmine was gone.

“I never knew her to go off and not let me know where she’s standing,” Miss Rosa said.

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In the days that would follow, Jasmine failed to show up at work and missed a doctor’s appointment. Her older sister Shantavia officially reported her missing on February 20, 2019. 

Without a car of her own, investigators believe someone must have come to pick Jasmine up that night.

“We don’t believe Jasmine was going to be gone for an extended period of time,” Detective Chris Weitzel, with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, told Dateline reporter Josh Mankiewicz. “She had her money and personal belongings there at that home. We do know she took her cell phone with her.” 

At the time she disappeared, Jasmine had been facing possible jail time after being arrested in September 2018 for grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

She disappeared just 10 days before a scheduled court hearing in the case, but there might have been something else on her mind as well. 

Jasmine, who had been open with her family and friends about being a lesbian, was pregnant and expecting her first child, a surprising development since her family had known her only to date women.

Jasmine Robinson

Shortly before she disappeared, Jasmine told her sister she had gotten upsetting calls from the suspected father of her child, a much older married man who had urged her to get an abortion. Detective Weitzel told Dateline that he has a person of interest regarding those phone calls but would not elaborate. 

“Unfortunately, his reaction to her being pregnant was he didn’t want her to have the baby,” Shantavia said. 

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To complicate matters even further, according to Jasmine's family, the man’s wife had recently found out about the pregnancy, and Weitzel said there had been some heated messages between Jasmine and the suspected father, who police identified as 56-year-old Christopher Wiggins, in the 24 hours before she disappeared.

“She had outed who the father of her child was and this caused his wife to find out about it,” Weitzel said.

There’s no way to know for sure whether or not Wiggins was the father, and he has not been charged in connection to the case.

He does have a lengthy criminal past including convictions for cocaine possession, robbery with a firearm, and felony battery. He is currently behind bars serving an 11-year sentence after robbing a Bojangles at gunpoint with two other co-defendants on February 13, 2019, just days before Jasmine disappeared.

While investigators are still trying to piece together Jasmine’s activity before she disappeared, her family told police they believe Wiggins could be behind her disappearance because they say she planned to keep her baby, a daughter she planned to name Jamilia. Dateline reached out to Wiggins and his attorney, but received no response.

Weitzel has said Wiggins is a “person of interest” in the case along with others, and authorities have launched extensive searches in the county and surrounding areas, but to date, what happened to Jasmine remains a mystery.

“There has been no cellular activity on her device, no social media activity on her devices, and no banking activity. There has been no births with this child. So, there’s been nothing,” Weitzel said. “Jasmine Robinson and her child have disappeared off the face of the Earth.”

He remains committed, however, to bringing her family the closure they so desperately seek.

“We need to do the right thing by the Robinson family and bring Jasmine home,” he said.

Jasmine Robinson  is described as being 5’2” tall, 150 lbs, with black braided hair, brown eyes, and black framed glasses. There’s a $10,000 reward for information in her case being offered by The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Weitzel at 352-367-4161 or CrimeStoppers at 352-372-7867.