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Police: Missing NC woman faked disappearance to avoid court appearance

Posted July 9, 2014

— A North Carolina woman who was reported missing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the weekend faked her disappearance to avoid a Monday court appearance in Mecklenburg County, according to North Myrtle Beach police.

City spokesman Pat Dowling says investigators have determined that Amy Arrington, 42, of Lowell, North Carolina, did not drown in the ocean Saturday.

Dowling said Wednesday that investigators think the woman and her husband conspired for her to disappear to avoid a court appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday on charges of forgery and identity theft. A judge has issued a warrant for her arrest.

Dowling says Paul David Arrington, 45, is being charged with filing a false police report about his wife's disappearance.

Investigators have not said where they think Amy Arrington is.

Paul Arrington told a lifeguard that he saw his wife walking into the ocean. He was going to join her about 20 minutes later, but he said in his report that she vanished. He reported her missing to a lifeguard.

Authorities searched both the water and on land to find Amy Arrington.


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  • jwsawyer Jul 9, 2014

    Virtually no one wants to be held accountable in the US anymore. So sad. The process of facing up to something we have done wrong is the only way we can respect ourselves.

  • moomoo Jul 9, 2014

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    Its not about her "disappearance" its about her faking the "drowning".

  • death from above Jul 9, 2014

    Bubble bursting time . jail time for ether of them "think not" not the way the system works now days.
    Can you say plea bargain down to lesser charges. probation, community service and (MAY-BE) some restitution.

  • JimFink Jul 9, 2014

    SNOWL! You hit that nail right on the head. I remember your post. Good call.

  • snowl Jul 9, 2014

    Yes, vindicated! I called this also, and someone posted that my comment was ridiculous. Message: Don't put down others for their opinion, it could be the correct answer!

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 9, 2014

    Guess she didnt want to cut the beach trip short? We all know how people love their tanning!!

  • Martha Matthews Jul 9, 2014
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    So you break the law to avoid a court appearance? Just how is that logical?

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 9, 2014
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    Oh what a tangled web is being being woven by this woman who refuses to face consequences and thinks she can avoid them.

  • Tammy Rhodes Jul 9, 2014
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    What a waste of time and money wasted to find this piece of scum. All that money spent should be added to her forgery/id theft charge. Law enforcement and life guards is for REAL emergencies/issues not to waste time on a cat/mouse game.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 9, 2014
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    yea, they are very selective who they 'let' post on particular stories....same thing happened to me, but finally my complaint post made it