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Beach search contines for missing Gaston woman

By Tonya Root
Myrtle Beach Sun News
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- Courtesy of North Myrtle Beach police
Police say Amy Arrington of Gastonia was last seen Saturday evening on the beach near 24th Avenue North. (Photo courtesy of North Myrtle Beach police)

North Myrtle Beach officials continued Monday to search for a 42-year-old North Carolina woman who was last seen on the beach Saturday, according to authorities.

Amy Arrington, 42, of Gastonia, was reported missing by her husband at 4:45 p.m. Saturday from the beach near Sea Mountain Highway, according to a police report, which was 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 courtroom Monday to face identity theft and forgery charges.

In the police report, Arrington’s 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. Arrington’s 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, Arrington’s husband, Paul David Arrington, 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.

Amy Arrington is described as being a white woman; 5 feet, 2 inches tall; weighing 130 pounds; has blue eyes; black and brown colored hair; and was wearing a one piece red bathing suit with flowers on it, according to authorities. Arrington also has a small tattoo on the bottom side of each wrist.

Anyone with information about Amy Arrington or her location can call the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety at 280-5511.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or on Twitter @tonyaroot
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