Randy Gale Robinson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Authorities searching the Pee Dee River (Source: Ken Baker)
Angie Pipkin (Source: Facebook)
DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Though the search for missing woman Angie Pipkin in the Great Pee Dee River was halted by rain and flood waters, authorities are making plans to get back to the search.
Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd tweeted: DCSO is coordinating with the CUE Center for a search of the
Great Pee Dee River on March 24th. Also making arrangements for side scan sonar.
The man charged with the murder of missing Aynor Woman Angie Pipkin will remain in J. Reuben Long Detention Center, as he cannot receive bond until he sees a circuit court judge.
Horry County Police Department's Major Crimes Unit took 46-year-old Randy Gale Robinson into custody for a second time on Thursday, March 6 after serving a search warrant at a home on Sullivan Drive in Murrells Inlet.
Robinson had previously been charged with obstruction of justice in the search for Pipkin. Police say Robinson provided them with false information as to his whereabouts the night Pipkin disappeared.
Warning: The following paragraph contains graphic details regarding the alleged murder of Angie Pipkin.
According to an arrest warrant for murder obtained Friday from the Horry County Police Department, Robinson "did with malice aforethought strike Angie Pipkin, victim, about her person which resulted in her death." The warrant claims that on January 17, 2014, Robinson struck Pipkin at the home on Sullivan Drive, dismembered the victim's body, and then disposed of it in a body of water in Darlington County. The claims are based on witness statements and physical evidence gathered through the course of the investigation, the warrant states.
On Thursday, police served Robinson with the warrant for the murder charge, just hours after police began searching the Pee Dee River landing in Darlington County for evidence in the disappearance of Pipkin. The search was initiated based on a tip into the investigation of Pipkin's disappearance.
Police were on scene of the home on Sullivan Drive until about 11 p.m. Thursday. Our reporter at the scene saw investigators spraying the home's entryway and shining black lights in the area.
Lt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for Horry County Police, confirms the search warrant was served at the home on Sullivan Drive in Murrells Inlet Thursday afternoon in relation to the Angie Pipkin case.
"As a result of our investigation, we determined a homicide had taken place," said Lt. Kegler. "Robinson was responsible, and we charged him with murder."
Robinson was previously arrested on February 27 for giving detectives misleading information during the course of their investigation, according to Horry County Police. According to booking records for J. Reuben Long Detention Center, he was released on March 1 on a $5,000 bond, five days before his murder arrest.
Lt. Kegler said officers were in Darlington County, and the Darlington County Sheriff's Office is in charge of the search. HCPD has been in contact with the sheriff's office and the Department of Natural Resources since the tip was received on Wednesday.
That tip indicated something was thrown over the bridge recently, Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd said.
Sheriff Byrd said it was unlikely that the search of the Pee Dee River would resume on Friday due to the weather and river conditions, and it did not. So far divers in the water had not found anything, partly because falling raindrops disturb the surface water and cause low visibility.
The river also remains high, which can create dangerous situations for divers.
The search is along the Pee Dee River landing on Highway 34, between Darlington and Marlboro counties, according to an alert from DCSO. Divers with DNR were called by county authorities to aid in the search for a body near the landing, a NIXLE alert from the sheriff's office states. The landing was closed during the search.
"Well there is still some question about what was thrown over, how it was thrown over and what location. It's a matter of getting some better information. They've looked, given the information they had and not located anything," said Sheriff Byrd.
Pipkin has been missing since mid-January. Pipkin's father dropped her off at the IGA in Aynor where she was meeting a friend. When her father returned later, she was gone. She was later seen on surveillance camera footage from a Myrtle Beach food mart on Highway 707.
After a week without contact, Pipkin's mother called police. The police report from the HCPD states that the mother had checked Pipkin's Facebook page to find no recent activity, and her cell phone was going straight to voicemail, with a full mailbox.
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