Mount Pleasant, SC – Police are still searching for the South Carolina woman who was reported missing hours before her fiancee was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dara Lee Watson was last seen alive by her mother on February 6 when when she stopped for a visit with her fiancé, David Hedrick, at the family’s business in Boone, N.C.
According to Hedricks’ statements to police, he and Watson got into a fight later that same evening and that she had left the couple’s home the next day. he says that she has done this before after an argument but he is worried about her.
On February 8, Watson’s boss says he received a text message from Watson stating that she was fine. Watson’s sister would also receive a text message from Watson’s phone a few hours later. That same day, Watson’s burned out SUV would be found in Francis Marion National Forest, but the police there don’t connect it to the missing person case.
A few hours after police made contact with Hedrick, they would receive a phone call from his friends who report that they have found him dead inside his home. They say they were trying to get into the home when they heard a gunshot. When they made entry, they found Hedrick on his bed dead from a gunshot wound to the head. It’s not official, but police reports say the wound was self-inflicted.
On February 11 and 12, police search the area around where Watson’s SUV had been found, but call off the search when they are unable to find any evidence of her whereabouts.
This morning police were in northern Charleston County after receiving a tip of some disturbed ground, but that search resulted in no new information.
According to sheriff’s spokesman Major Jim Brady, deputies are meeting with Mount Pleasant police today to search the original area of interest where Watson’s vehicle was found. They have also handed out fresh fliers asking for the public’s help in locating Watson.Tags: Crime, Dara Lee Watson, David Hedrick, Murder, Shooting, South Carolina, Suicide