Crime & Courts

Missing SC woman's remains are found

Friends and family of Angie Pipkin are thankful that remains of the 32-year old mother were found in Florence County last week, but said Tuesday that they are still hoping for justice.

Authorities identified the remains as Pipkin’s Tuesday after the finding last week in woods at a private hunting camp about five miles south of the U.S. 76 bridge over the Great Pee Dee River.

Pipkin was reported missing Jan. 16.

Tiffany Rabon is the best friend of Gail Pipkin, Angie Pipkin’s mother.

“We’re accepting it as best as we can,” she said. “We are thankful that she’s found. At least there is hopefully enough proof now.”

Randy Gale Robinson, 46, of Murrells Inlet is charged with Pipkin’s murder. Attorneys for Robinson waived his right to a bond hearing. He remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said Wednesday morning that investigators continue to prepare their case for prosecution of Robinson.

“We are glad and hope that this brings some closure to the Pipkin family,” Kegler said.

Rabon said Gail Pipkin has been heartbroken since reporting her daughter missing, but has been courageous and relentless in her efforts to find her daughter.

“Gail was never going to give up on finding the truth,” Rabon said. “She may never get all the answers but she’s got enough to fight for the death penalty.”

Jimmy Richardson, solicitor for the 15th Judicial Circuit, said it is too early to determine if the death penalty will be pursued and said that wouldn’t be decided for several months.

He said finding Pipkin’s body should help build the case.

“It’s always easier to try a murder case with a body,” he said. “We suspected at some point we would find her, and for the family we are glad that happened.”

When the murder charges were filed, it was the second time this year Horry County police had levied such charges without a body. Police also charged Tammy and Sidney Moorer with murder and kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis. Elvis’ body has not been recovered.

Rabon said Pipkin is missed for her smile and laughter and is remembered as a loving mom and daughter. Pipkin is the mother of two girls, age 12 and 17.

“She was the kind of person that would help someone else no matter what,” she said. “She was very kindhearted and very loving.”

Rabon said arrangements have not been made for a funeral yet. She said the family likely will never have closure without answers explaining why Pipkin was murdered.

“We want justice,” she said. “I don’t think we’ll ever get completely what happened and it probably wouldn’t help if we did because we’ll never understand how somebody who wouldn’t hurt a fly could be so massacred.”