Police arrested a Murrells Inlet man on charges related to the disappearance of Aynor resident Angela Grace Pipkin, who along with another Aynor resident is among those for whom a vigil is planned on Saturday.
Randy Gale Robinson, 46, is charged with obstruction of justice. An arrest warrant said Robinson prevented, impeded or interfered with the investigation on Jan. 26 by providing false, misleading or inaccurate information about Pipkin’s disappearance and his activities during the evening hours of Jan. 16.
The warrant states that Robinson’s actions caused Horry County police to divert resources.
Robinson remained jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Friday.
Pipkin, 32, was last seen at a grocery store in Aynor, police said.
She was reported missing by her mother who told police that Pipkin’s father took her to the IGA in Aynor to meet with a friend. Robinson is listed in the original police report, but it is not clear if he was the friend Pipkin was planning to meet.
The friend told police he had not seen or spoken with Pipkin because she damaged his truck several weeks earlier, the report said. Police said on Wednesday that someone reportedly saw Pipkin recently in Socastee.
A candlelight vigil is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Aynor Town Park for Pipkin and Zachary Malinowski.
Malinowski was last seen Aug. 25 in Aynor and was last spoken to by phone about 12:15 a.m. Aug. 26.
The 19-year-old played basketball with friends then went with one of the friends to a house on Seventh Avenue in Aynor, according to a press release from the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons.
Malinowski left the house alone about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, telling his friend he was getting something to eat. He hasn’t been seen since, the release stated.
Police on Friday said foul play is suspected in Malinowski’s disappearance, which remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about the location of Pipkin or Malinowski can call 915-TIPS.
Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.