William Anthony Spivey Wiki, Biography, Age, Arrested, Fake Death, Investigation

William Anthony Spivey

William Anthony Spivey Wiki – Biography

William Anthony Spivey was a former North Carolina police chief charged with more than 70 felony crimes and was accused of staging suicide and fleeing to South Carolina, where he was arrested, officials announced.

He served as chief of the Chadbourn Police Department was relieved of duty last spring due to a misconduct investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, the Horry County Police Department said in a news release.


He is 36 years old.

William Anthony Spivey Arrested

His charges included evidence mishandling, drug trafficking and embezzling, police said.

Nearly a year after the charges were announced, he was reported missing on Feb. 21, last known on a fishing trip in the Lumber River in Columbus County, North Carolina.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was alerted about an abandoned boat, prompting the investigation and an extensive water search by multiple local and state agencies.

North Carolina Wildlife Officers spoke to people in the area and learned Spivey was last seen driving a truck and owned the abandoned boat in the Lumber River.

Sheriff’s Office investigators also spoke to Spivey’s friends and family at the scene.

“Family members described the incident as a possible suicide,” the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.


Investigators found handwritten letters at the scene and a .22 calibre rifle with a discharged round still in the gun.

However, investigators concluded the evidence collected didn’t support “a suicide scenario.”

Further, video collected from surveillance systems and interviews made it “more apparent that the scene on the river was staged.”

On Wednesday, warrants were issued for Spivey’s arrest for failure to report to the court, and he was entered as missing and wanted.

A break in the case came when the Horry County Police Department in South Carolina received a tip Wednesday regarding Spivey and contacted the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

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Together they said they found Spivey on Thursday at an apartment outside of the small city of Loris, South Carolina.

Officials said he attempted to flee into some nearby woods before he was ultimately arrested.

According to jail records, he is currently being held at the Columbus County Detention Center with no attorney listed.

The sheriff’s office said Spivey has 40 outstanding warrants for failure to appear, and each contract has a bond of $25,000, bringing his total bond to $1 million.

NBC affiliate WECT of Wilmington, North Carolina, reports Spivey was arrested in April 2021, accused of repeatedly raiding the Chadbourn Police Department’s evidence room and stealing narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash and firearms.

In June, he was charged with allegedly embezzling $8,000 meant for the family of a leukaemia patient. Then in January, he was arrested again, charged with stealing catalytic converters from an auto repair shop, WECT reported.