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Posted on 07/09/2014 2:33:32 PM PDT by Gamecock
The husband of a North Carolina woman, who was reported missing Saturday in North Myrtle Beach, is facing charges that he lied to police about her reported drowning in a plot for her to avoid going to court on forgery charges in their home state, authorities said.
Charges are pending against Paul David Arrington, 45, of Lowell, N.C., in filing a false police report about his wifes disappearance on Saturday from the beach in North Myrtle Beach, said Pat Dowling, city spokesman.
Officials determined that Amy Lynette Arrington, 42, did not drown in the ocean on Saturday, but she and Paul Arrington conspired for her to disappear to avoid a scheduled court apperance in North Carolina, Dowling said.
It was unclear how officers made the determination that Amy Arrington did not drown, and authorities have not released information regarding her whereabouts.
Arrington was slated to appear in a Mecklenburg County court on charges including identity theft and forgery.
Her criminal record dates to 1992 with charges mostly in Union, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina. Among the charges: credit card theft, larceny and financial card fraud.
According to a search of court records by the Charlotte Observer, Amy Arrington served more than two years in prison for identity theft and fraud. She was released in 2008.
Her mother-in-law, Shirley Arrington, told the Observer on Tuesday that she was floored by the news reports. She saw her son, Paul, on Monday and said he is still very upset. Shirley Arrington could not be reached Wednesday, after news broke that the disappearance allegedly had been staged.
Attempts to reach Paul Arrington this week were unsuccesful.
Speaking to The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday, Paul Arringtons brother, Todd, said he hasnt talked to his brother much in the last year. Todd Arrington said his brother and Amy Arrington met through an online dating service.
She came to my wedding, and Ive met her a few times, hung out a little bit, but I really didnt know anything about her, Todd Arrington said.
Regarding Amy Arringtons criminal past and pending charges, Todd Arrington said he doesnt think her husband had a clue.
I just hate it for my brother, Todd Arrington said. I hope somebody finds her.
Court records show Amy Arrington was previously married. The couple divorced in November.
Authorities also are compiling how much they spent in resources searching for Amy Arrington on Saturday and subsequent days, Dowling said.
I am not sure at this time what route, if any, the city would have for recouping the expenditure, Dowling said.
Amy Arrington was reported missing by her husband at 4:45 p.m. Saturday from the beach near Sea Mountain Highway, according to a police report released Monday.
In the North Myrtle Beach police report, Arringtons husband told a lifeguard that he was on the beach with her when she got up from their beach towel and tapped him on the leg and said she was going into the ocean. Arringtons husband said he told her he would join her in the water in a minute, he watched her walk into waist deep water and then he turned over.
About 15-20 minutes later, Arringtons husband said he got up and saw a woman in the water, who he thought was his wife, but it was not, according to the report. He said he then reported Amy Arrington missing to the lifeguard.
Lifeguards broadcast a description of the woman over the radio channel and they began to search for her, according to the report. The lifeguards contacted police and they began a water search that included officers from Horry County, North Myrtle Beach, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard.
Officers picked up Paul Arrington and drove him around to search for his wife, according to the report. Other officers searched the water on watercraft for an undetermined amount of time, but did not find Amy Arrington.
She looks a bit off.
Crazy eyes for sure.
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Thanks for the ping crazy eyes indeed.
She looks tough to drown.
Life imitates Art, or Art imitates Life? ‘Gone Girl.’
This looks delicious...because Ben Affleck most likely did it, LOL!
> Crazy eyes for sure.
How do they know she didn’t drown? Did they find her alive? Did they record his phone calls? Did they have video surveillance that proved his story wrong?
I don’t think so. It’s her expression that’s crazy. Her eyes aren’t bulging.
Guilty, but potentially eligible for a BJ Clinton post-POTUS pardon.
Boy,*she’s* been around the block a few times.She’s made one or two visits to an operating room as well.
Runaway bride strikes again?
They look kinda bulgy to me.
Crazy in the head. Crazy in the bed.
Bulgy AND crazy.
Sure, that’s all well and good until she boils your pet bunny.
Not bulgy-wide open. Definitely crazy.
She’s at least one whole bubble off of plumb!
Yeah, but I think silicone is heavier than water. They are definitely no good as flotation devices.