Police in Weatherford arrested a 59-year-old man in connection with the 1987 murder of a 19-year-old Willow Park woman. Earlier this week, DPS profiled the murder of Wendy Kae Robinson as one of its cold cases.
According to a press release from the Weatherford Police Department, on Wednesday morning, investigators with the WPD, in cooperation with the Texas Rangers, arrested Ricky Lee Adkins on a capias warrant for capital murder, following a Dec. 1 Parker County grand jury indictment, for Robinson’s murder.
Adkins was arrested without incident at his residence in Ranger and booked into the Parker County Jail.
On Wednesday, July 8, 1987, Robinson, a Willow Park resident, had traveled to the area of Lake Weatherford known as “The Wall”, where she was last seen sunbathing around 1:55 p.m. On Thursday, July 9, 1987, she was reported missing to the Weatherford Police Department by her father, Jim Robinson.
On Sunday, July 12, 1987, Robinson’s body was found near a gated entrance to a ranch in the 500 block of Savage Lane in Parker County. Since that date, her death has been investigated as a homicide.
Police detectives have followed up on countless leads and sought the assistance of numerous law enforcement agencies and investigative resources over the course of the investigation. Even though the case went cold, investigators continued to follow up with tips and leads over the last 29 years.
In January 2016, this cold case was closely reviewed once again by Weatherford PD detectives, as well as investigators from the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit, in an effort to bring a fresh set of eyes and theories to the investigation. According to the press release, after developing a new strategy based off old leads, detectives asked for the assistance of the Texas Rangers and the United States Secret Service.
Following months of exhaustive investigation, reviewing case reports, taking new statements and interviewing multiple individuals associated with the case, investigators worked with the Parker County District Attorney’s office and presented the on-going case to a Parker County grand jury. On Dec. 1, 2016, a grand jury indictment was handed down for Adkins for the capital murder of Robinson.
This case is still on-going and investigators believe there may be more parties that are either involved or have information related to her death. Weatherford Police are still asking for the public’s help in obtaining any additional information.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Weatherford Police Department at 817-598-4300. Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website at dps.texas.gov/TexasR…/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm or by contacting the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243.
Parker County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any additional person/persons responsible for Robinson’s death. To be eligible for the cash reward, the tip must be submitted by calling 817-599-5555 or online at pccs.tips. Anyone contacting Crime Stoppers with information will remain anonymous.
Current booking photo is available at parkercountytx.com.