A woman who was reported missing from North Myrtle Beach last weekend did not drown in the ocean and was never actually missing, according to the City of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department.
Officials determined Amy Lynette Arrington and her husband Paul David Arrington conspired for her to disappear to avoid having to show up in court in North Carolina on Monday to answer to charges filed against her there.
Charges for Filing a False Police Report are pending in North Myrtle Beach against Paul David Arrington.
The search for Amy Arrington was an expensive one, according to North Myrtle Beach's spokesman, Pat Dowling, but he couldn't say exactly how much it cost the city.
A lot of resources were used over a busy holiday weekend in rough surf conditions, Dowling said.
Dowling called the search for Arrington a "wild goose chase."
"To be sent on wild goose chase just so somebody to cover themselves, to avoid accountability, thats not nice and we really don't appreciate it," he said.
"We're not happy," he said.
The US Coast Guard was also involved in the search. The agency says it sent one helicopter out of Charleston and 2 rescue boats. The helicopter was involved in the search for about an hour. By the time the boats arrived, the search had been called off. The Coast Guard didn't have an exact cost of its search yet, but their participation did limit the ability of the units to respond to other possible incidents had any occurred.
We will continue to post updates to this story as new information becomes available.