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Horry County investigators arrest suspect in Angie Pipkin case

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  • Great Pee Dee River Search

    A deputy pilots the Darlington County Sheriff's Office's boat across swift current in the Great Pee Dee River and back to the landing at Cashua Ferry Road landing Thursday afternoon at the SC 34 landing on the Darlington and Marlboro County line. Darlington County deputies long with SC Department of Natural Resources officers searched the river at the request of Horry County as part of a missing person case, according to Darlington County officials.

Randy Gale Robinso

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 10:04 am

CONWAY, S.C. -- Horry County Police conducted two separate searches and arrested one suspect in the investigation of the disappearance of an Aynor woman missing now for almost two months.

Angie Pipkin was reported missing Jan. 22 after she was last seen Jan. 16, said Lt. Robert Kegler, Horry County Police public information officer.

On Thursday, authorities charged 46-year-old Randy Gale Robinson of Murrells Inlet with murder, even though Pipkin's body has not been found. The arrest came after authorities searched a home in a Murrells Inlet subdivision.

Robinson was charged last week with obstruction of justice. Investigators allege he provided false, misleading or inaccurate information about the disappearance and his activities the night Pipkin disappeared.

Darlington County Sheriff's deputies and DNR officers Thursday searched the Great Pee Dee River around the bridge at Cashua Ferry Landing at the request of Horry County investigators, said Capt. Andy Locklair, Darlington County Sheriff's Office.

The search in the river ended about 3:30 p.m. and no other attempt to search the area has yet been scheduled, Locklair said.

Horry County investigators made the request to search the river based on a tip they received in the case, Kegler said.

Pipkin, 32, was last seen when she was dropped off at 707 Gun Shop at 6925 Highway 707 in Myrtle Beach, according to a missing persons poster for Pipkin prepared by www.kompassist.com.

She was later seen on surveillance video at Wilco Food Mart at 6222 Highway 707 and has been neither seen nor heard from since then.

At the time of her disappearance, Pipkin was wearing a brown leather jacket, shorts and gray shin high boots, according to the missing person poster.

She had a change of clothes with her -- jeans, shirt, brown leather jacket and tennis shoes.

Kegler said anybody with information on Pipkin can call the Horry County Police tips line at 843-915-TIPS.

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