Body found in Florence County woods was victim of a homicide

Authorites in Florence County say an autopsy has determined a woman whose remains were found in a remote area of that county was the victim of a homicide.

Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said Thursday it will take at least a few more days to determine the identity of the woman. Horry County police went to Florence County on Wednesday after the remains were found to see if it could be determined whether the discovery was related to Angela “Angie” Grace Pipkin of Aynor, who was last seen on Jan. 16.

Von Lutcken said the victim was killed by someone else, but he did not say exactly how she was killed. Lt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police said he could not say whether there was any indication the remains were Pipkin’s. He also said the case will remain under Florence County’s jurisdiction unless it is identified as an Horry County victim.

Authorities say the remains were found Wednesday morning at a riverside private hunting camp about five miles south of the U.S. Highway 76 bridge over the Great Pee Dee River.

Horry County police have charged Randy Gale Robinson, 46, with murder in connection with Pipkin’s disappearance and he is accused of disposing of her body in Darlington County.

Deputies from Darlington County and police from Horry County joined Florence County deputies at the scene.