- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Myrtle Beach are still looking for a missing North Carolina woman who was scheduled to be in court earlier this week.

The husband of 42-year-old Amy Arrington of Lowell, North Carolina, reported her missing Saturday afternoon, telling a lifeguard she had said she was going in the water as the couple was on the beach. Paul David Arrington said he saw his wife go into waste deep water and he turned over.

He said about 15 minutes later, he saw a woman he thought was his wife in the water. When he got closer and saw it was not her, he reported his wife missing.

Amy Arrington was supposed to be in court in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to face charges of identity theft and forgery. A judge has issued a warrant for her arrest.

Lifeguards searched the water until about 10 p.m. Saturday, assisted by Horry County and North Myrtle Beach police, as well as the Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard.

North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling says the case is being investigated both as a missing person’s case and a possible drowning.

“Our objective is to find her. We hope we don’t find her as a drowning victim, that we find her alive and that she can then go on with her life and go through the things she has to go through,” Dowling said.

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