Police: Woman reported missing to dodge court now in custody

Amy Arrington who was booked under the name Amy Lynette Robinson. Photo courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Office

Amy Arrington, the woman who was reported missing from an area beach this weekend, turned herself in to authorities in Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday night, and warrants for her and her husband's arrests were issued by North Myrtle Beach police on Thursday.

Arrington is currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and was booked under the name Amy Lynette Robinson, according to North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.

As of around noon on Thursday the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety issued warrants for the arrests Amy Arrington and her husband, Paul David Arrington.

The warrant for Amy Arrington is for one count of Criminal Conspiracy, Dowling said.

Paul Arrington turned himself in to North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety

around 4 p.m. Thursday and has been charged with one count of Criminal Conspiracy and one count of Making a False Complaint to law enforcement officer; giving false information to rescue squad or fire department.

Amy Arrington was reported missing by her husband Paul Arrington on Saturday. Police say Arrington said she went for a swim in the ocean and never came back.

Area rescue departments and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for her throughout the weekend.

But on Wednesday, the City of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department said Amy Arrington did not drown in the ocean and was never actually missing.

Officials determined Amy Arrington and her husband 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.

The search for Amy Arrington was an expensive one, according to 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 a wild goose chase just so somebody could cover themselves, to avoid accountability, that's not nice and we really don't appreciate it," he said.

"We're not happy," he said.

The US Coast Guard said it sent one helicopter out of Charleston and two rescue boats from Georgetown to search for Arrington. 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.