The husband of a North Carolina woman, who was reported missing Saturday in North Myrtle Beach, is facing charges 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 court 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.
Attempts to reach Paul Arrington for comment were unsuccessful earlier this week.
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.
Late Monday, the Associated Press reported that media reports in both states say Amy Arrington was supposed to appear in a Mecklenburg County, N.C., courtroom Monday to face identity theft and forgery charges. A judge issued a warrant for her arrest.
A records check with Mecklenburg County did not show any violations for Amy or Paul Arrington.
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.