It’s late on a September 2017 night, and police in Dallas, Texas, arrive at a parking lot to find a woman dead on the ground. But did she jump or was she pushed? When they review CCTV footage, they realize that she shared her last moments with a mystery man.
Taylor Gruwell-Miller was born in Muncie, Indiana, on November 22, 1990. While everyone else was celebrating Thanksgiving, Taylor’s mom Angela was in the hospital welcoming her baby girl. As Taylor grew older, her parents separated, but she still had a large extended family, including many brothers and sisters.
In time, Taylor met John Miller, and the pair decided to get married. When she fell pregnant with their first child, Taylor was thrilled to become a mom, spending her spare time reading books about parenting in order to prepare. And two years after her daughter Emory was born, she fell pregnant again.
This time, things weren’t so easy, however. Although son Greyden was born happy and healthy, Taylor began suffering from anxiety and postnatal depression. In order to cope with these difficult conditions, Taylor eventually became dependent upon prescription drugs.
Yet despite her struggles, Taylor was known by those who loved her as a compassionate person with a big heart. According to her family, she enjoyed music and being at the beach, while her two children were her biggest love of all.
Then, in 2016 Taylor, who also suffered from bipolar disorder, split from her husband John. By all accounts, it was a difficult decision, but John hoped that one day Taylor would conquer her demons and the pair would reunite. And, for a while at least, it seemed as if that might be on the cards.
Wanting to get better, Taylor elected to start receiving treatment at a rehabilitation facility. And to her family, it seemed as if the treatment was working. She even wrote a letter to Emory and Greyden, expressing excitement over their Halloween costumes.
In her letters, Taylor seemed to be looking forward to seeing her family again in the near future. And when mom Angela visited Taylor in the facility, she also believed that her daughter would soon be coming home. “She was smiling and happy and couldn’t wait to go back to school,” Angela subsequently told local news network NBC DFW.
It was during one of these visits, however, that Angela also began to suspect that something was not quite right. At one point, she saw Taylor looking at a male patient in the facility. And for some reason, Angela believed that he spelled trouble.
“I don’t get a good vibe,” Angela recalled telling Taylor during that visit. “You need to stay away from this person.” Despite her concerns, though, Angela was confident that her daughter’s stay at the facility would soon be coming to an end.
Then, on September 23, 2017, Taylor’s dad Richard received a phone call from his daughter. She apparently told him that she’d left rehab with the aforementioned man and needed money for gas. During their brief conversation, Richard asked Taylor why she was no longer at the facility, but she gave no clear reply.
By all accounts, Taylor also telephoned Angela, asking for money to use the launderette back at the facility. And, tragically, it was to be the last time that Angela would hear her daughter’s voice. Just hours later, Taylor was dead, sparking a mystery that has haunted her family ever since.
At 11:20 p.m. on September 23, Dallas Police officers arrived at the upmarket Icon at Ross apartment complex in the city’s Uptown district. There, they found the body of a woman who had fallen from the parking garage. Soon, she was identified as Taylor, and the 26-year-old’s family were informed.
According to the medical examiner, blunt force trauma was the cause of Taylor’s death. But although traces of alcohol and antidepressants were found in her body, Taylor’s family insist that she was not suicidal. Instead, they believe that the CCTV footage from the parking garage holds the key to Taylor’s death.
In the footage subsequently released by police, Taylor can be seen arriving at the garage accompanied by the man whom she had met in rehab. Although they are holding hands, they also appear to be arguing. Then, the couple are filmed driving to the fifth floor of the building.
From that point onwards, no further footage of Taylor was captured. However, the man was later spotted back on the third floor of the garage. But this time he was alone. The next morning, police officers found him asleep in his vehicle. Apparently, he was very upset and told them that he had recently been bereaved.
When officers further questioned the man, however, his story allegedly began to change. In fact, in a written statement, he claimed that he hadn’t known at that point that Taylor was dead. According to his version of events, he had left her in the garage with his dog while he visited a friend. Apparently, by the time he returned, she had disappeared.
Although the man, a former college footballer, claimed to have spent some time searching for Taylor, apparently his efforts were not picked up by the surveillance cameras. Furthermore, investigators said they found no evidence that a dog had been on the scene. It has also been reported that when he was questioned, the man would neither cooperate with detectives nor comply with their request to unlock his phone.
Two months later, Taylor’s family said they were baffled that no developments had been made in the case. They felt that the man was hiding something, but nonetheless he had yet to be charged with any crime. Taylor’s father Richard even wrote to the man’s parents, enclosing a picture of Emory and Greyden, begging the couple to help him find out the truth.
According to Angela, Emory and Greyden still don’t know that their mother is dead. Instead, they are living with their father while the family tries to work out how best to break the news. Meanwhile, everyone who knew and loved Taylor continues to seek closure. “I think there’s one person at least that knows what happened to my daughter,” Richard told WFAA. “And I just wish that person would tell the truth.”