Murrells Inlet man facing murder charge in Aynor woman’s disappearance

akelley@thesunnews.comMarch 6, 2014 

Horry County police on Thursday charged a Murrells Inlet man with murder in the death of Aynor resident Angela “Angie” Grace Pipkin.

Police, who executed a search warrant Thursday at a home in the Inlet Estates subdivision in Murrells Inlet, charged Randy Gale Robinson, 46, with murder Thursday.

Last week, Robinson was charged with obstruction of justice related to Pipkin’s disappearance.

Pipkin’s body had not been found late Thursday, marking the second time in two weeks that murder charges were filed before a body was recovered.

Police on Feb. 24 charged Tammy Moorer and Sidney Moorer with murder in connection with 20-year-old Heather Elvis’ disappearance in December.

The arrests came after search warrants were issued last month for their home.

Police executed a search warrant Thursday at Robinson’s home at 9608 Sullivan Drive in the Inlet Estates subdivision, off S.C. 707.

Alejandro Mendoza has lived next door to Robinson since November.

“It’s a surprise,” he said. “I never would have expected that.”

Mendoza said he doesn’t know Robinson well, but that he was friendly whenever they spoke and seemed nice.

Earlier Thursday police announced that a tip officers received had expanded the investigation to Darlington County.

The Darlington County Sheriffs Office, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and detectives with Horry County police searched in Darlington County near the Big Pee Dee River based on that tip.

Pipkin, 32, was last seen at a grocery store in Aynor Jan. 16.

Last week, police charged Robinson with obstruction, and accused him of preventing, impeding or interfering 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 arrest warrant states that Robinson’s actions caused Horry County police to divert resources.

Pipkin 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 someone had reportedly seen Pipkin recently in Socastee.

Anyone with information about Pipkin or any of the other missing person cases in Horry County can call 915-TIPS.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.

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