As police search for a Gaston County woman who disappeared Saturday in North Myrtle Beach, family members were shocked to hear about the womans criminal history.
Amy Lynette Arrington, 42, was reported missing by her husband, Paul David Arrington, around 4:40 p.m. He told police he watched his wife walk waist-deep into the water before he laid down on the beach and turned over.
About 20 minutes later, Paul Arrington looked toward the water for his wife. He told police he saw a woman who he thought was his wife, but after he approached her, he realized it wasnt. He then reported his wife missing to a lifeguard.
We have two searches, said Patrick Dowling, North Myrtle Beach public information officer. One is obviously for the potential that we have a drowning victim.
Police were searching the shorelines Tuesday near Sea Mountain Highway, where Amy Arrington went missing.
Dowling said he doesnt know whether police suspect foul play. When asked whether Amy Arringtons husband was cooperating with police, Dowling said he could only say, Police have talked to him once or twice.
Police are also treating the case as a missing person investigation, Dowling said.
Amy Arrington was scheduled to appear in court Monday in Mecklenburg County on charges including identity theft and forgery. Her criminal record dates to 1992 with charges mostly in Union, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. Among the charges: credit card theft, larceny and financial card fraud.
According to a search of court records by the Observer, Amy Arrington served more than two years in prison for identity theft and fraud. She was released in 2008.
Her mother-in-law, Shirley Arrington, said she was floored by the news reports. She saw her son, Paul, on Monday and said he is still very upset.
Todd Arrington, Amy Arringtons brother-in-law, said he hasnt talked to his brother much in the last year. Todd Arrington said his brother and Amy Arrington met through an online dating service.
She came to my wedding, and Ive met her a few times, hung out a little bit, but I really didnt know anything about her, Todd Arrington said.
Regarding Amy Arringtons criminal past and pending charges, Todd Arrington said he doesnt think her husband had a clue.
I just hate it for my brother, Todd Arrington said. I hope somebody finds her.
Court records show Amy Arrington was previously married. The couple divorced in November.
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