Body of Missing Man Found Buried in His Front Yard

Rural Tarrant County man's wife arrested, charged in his death

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013  |  Updated 7:31 AM CDT
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Neola Robinson, 62, is charged with murder in the death of her husband, Ervin. His body was found buried in the front yard of the couple's home three years after his disappearance.

Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News

Neola Robinson, 62, is charged with murder in the death of her husband, Ervin. His body was found buried in the front yard of the couple's home three years after his disappearance.

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The body of a Pelican Bay man who has been missing for three years has been found buried in the front yard of his rural Tarrant County home.

Ervin Robinson disappeared in 2010. His wife, Neola Robinson, 62, is charged with murder.

New information in the case led investigators to the Robinson home in the 1500 block of Partridge Court over the weekend. Neighbors say Texas Rangers surrounded the mobile home on Saturday.

Carolann Wheless, a neighbor, said she is shocked by Neola Robinson's arrest. She said she used to walk her 3-year-old son past the woman's house every day, saying Neola Robinson was always very sweet.

"In the front yard of all places -- I mean, how do you get away with something like that?" Wheless said.

Ervin Robinson has been missing since May 2010. His boss, Michael Wright, filed a missing person's report when he didn't show up for work for nearly two weeks.

Wright said that Robinson, a supervisor at TJ Machine and Tool, was a valuable employee.

"All along, there was hope that maybe he did leave town, but it's hard for them [his family] to accept the reality of what has actually happened here," Wright said.

Neola Robinson is being held on a $150,000 bond. She is also on suicide watch and is awaiting a full mental health evaluation.

A criminal background check showed Ervin Robinson had several arrests, including burglary, theft and multiple DWIs.

Neola Robinson has a previous misdemeanor arrest in Oregon. Public data shows that she has had eight other surnames.

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