A Murrells Inlet man charged in an Aynor woman’s death is accused of disposing of her body in Darlington County, according to an arrest warrant released Friday.
Horry County police released the warrant that charges Randy Robinson, 46, with murder in the disappearance of Aynor resident Angela “Angie” Grace Pipkin. About a week earlier, Robinson was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, also related to Pipkin.
The arrest warrant states Robinson struck Pipkin on Jan. 17, and killed her while at 9608 Sullivan Drive, his home in the Inlet Estates subdivision off S.C. 707. The warrant also says Robinson disposed of her body in Darlington County, according to an arrest warrant released Friday.
Pipkin, 32, was last seen at a grocery store in Aynor.
The arrest warrant states Robinson that after killing Pipkin he dismembered her body and disposed of it in Darlington County. Police said witness statements and physical evidence led to Robinson’s arrest.
The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and detectives with Horry County spent Thursday searching the Big Pee Dee River in Darlington County. Meanwhile, other detectives with a search warrant searched Robinson’s home.
Authorities had not found Pipkin’s body as of Friday afternoon.
It was not clear Friday how Robinson came into contact with Pipkin, who was reported missing by her mother.
Her mother told police that Pipkin’s father took her on Jan. 16 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.
In the report the friend told police he had not seen or spoken with Pipkin because she damaged his truck several weeks earlier.
Officers charged Robinson with obstruction of justice, 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 the evening she was last seen.
The arrest warrant states that Robinson’s actions caused Horry County police to divert resources.
According to the State Law Enforcement Division, Robinson’s criminal record in South Carolina includes convictions dating to 1987. He has several convictions on alcohol-related charges, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1995; driving under the influence in 1998; domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in 2004; and possession of cocaine in 2009.
Records show he had no criminal charges from 2009 until his arrest last week.
Robinson is the third area person charged with murder of a missing woman in about two weeks.
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.
Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.