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Costs total more than $50K in search for Amy Arrington

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Crews searched for Amy Arrington for four days. Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard spent $40,000 searching for Arrington. | Source: Conor McCue Crews searched for Amy Arrington for four days. Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard spent $40,000 searching for Arrington. | Source: Conor McCue

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on search efforts for the North Carolina woman who police say faked her disappearance.

The cost for the U.S. Coast Guard totaled more than $40,000, according to North Myrtle Beach Chief of Police Phil Webster. The U.S. Coast Guard's cost for participating in the search for the purported drowning victim was $42,465.05. A Coast Guard boat and helicopter were used in the search, plus Coast Guard personnel.

The search cost the City of North Myrtle Beach nearly $4,500, according to City Spokesman Pat Dowling. Expenses include a hotel room provided for Paul Arrington on the night of July 5 at $190.90, along with personnel costs and equipment utilized during the four-day search.

Dowling said he is not sure how or if the city will determine the cost of equipment used, or if the lost monies will be recouped -- for instance, the use of equipment utilized (Beach Patrol trucks, patrol vehicles and personal watercraft).

Horry County and SCDNR have not yet provided their cost estimates.

The city's cost has not been finalized, but it may fall between $4,000 and $5,000 for personnel expenses, according to City Spokesman Pat Dowling.
He said he is not sure how or if the city will determine the cost of equipment used (jet skis, etc.).

Horry County and SC DNR have not yet provided their cost estimates.

Rescue teams used boats, jet skis, and a helicopter to search for Arrington, beginning Saturday, July 5. Police on land also searched for the woman who was reported missing by her husband, Paul Arrington.

The couple was arrested for faking Arrington's disappearance. Amy Arrington is in a Mecklenburg County jail. Paul Arrington is out on bond, after turning himself in to North Myrtle Beach authorities Thursday. 

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