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"Freshly Dug" Area Found Near Where Missing Woman's SUV Found PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:05

Searchers have found a freshly dug area in the Francis Marion National Forest, and deputies spent the night there, planning to investigate further today.  The Charleston Post & Courier said today that it was Monday that a search-and-rescue worker came across the spot near where Watson’s GMC was found. The paper said footprints were seen on top of the dirt, and quoted Sheriff's Maj. Jim Brady that it wasn't yet known whether the area was connected to the case. Investigators planned to examine it today.  Meanwhile, a timeline developed yesterday in information being released by investigators in Mount Pleasant SC in the disappearance of Watauga Native Dara Lee Watson, a time frame that includes Police talking with her boyfriend Friday, hours before he was found shot to death. The Charleston Post & Courier today refined the timeline, that as Mount Pleasant Police searched yesterday around the home the couple shared. The search shifted to the grassy, marshy areas near the house, with search dogs sniffing the area yesterday. Police say they contacted David Hedrick Friday day about Watson being missing, and he is reported to have told police he had fight Watson Monday night of last week, and that she left Tuesday.  It was not the first time. Police dispatched to the residence Hedrick shared with Dara Watson at about 1pm, lead to the discovery of Hedrick shot in the head and what the paper describes as a pool of blood ‘building’ around his head.  A 9mm handgun was at a sink nearby, but no distance was specified.  Police had been responding to a possible suicide when they found the man.  If the timeline given by Hedrick is correct, the argument occurred just hours after Dara Lee Watson left her parent’s store—Watsonatta Western World— with Hedrick—in downtown Boone a week ago yesterday.  The search for Dara did not get underway fully until Friday, as there was a text message to Watson’s boss in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday, saying she was OK.  She had also exchanged text messages with her sister last Wednesday, message that the sister said “were normal and sounded like things she would text,” according to the paper.  Watson’s boss at Verge Solutions finally called police Friday, concerned that he hadn’t heard back from Dara, initiating the investigation.  By that time, her 2006 GMC SUV had already been found, burned, in the Francis Marion National Forest, but without a missing persons report, they were not connected until Friday.  Dara’s family is in the Low Country area, awaiting any news on the case.


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