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Watauga Native Missing; Car Found Burned PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:49

Concerns are high for a Watauga County woman, last seen in Boone almost a week ago.  Her last contact—a text message to her boss on Wednesday.  30-year old Dara Lee Watson, who lists a Mount Pleasant SC address, just across the river from Charleston, (photos from FaceBook) had last cell contact Wednesday night in an area in Mount Pleasant, but has not been heard from since, according to the Charleston Post & Courier.  Friday, circumstances in the search turned more grim, when Watson’s fiancé was found dead at their residence in Mount Pleasant.  The Charleston County coroner reporting that the body of David Hedrick was found at the home they shared Friday, according to The Post and Courier. The cause of death was not been released. With cell and other information, law enforcement agencies began searching part of Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina and found her vehicle, burned, in the woods off Halfway Creek Road, but exactly when that discovery was made was not clear.  Family in Watauga County say Dara left her mother's house in Deep Gap on Monday, driving a silver 2006 GMC Envoy. Watson is described as 5’, 4”, 130 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Dara's parents are Darrel and Ellen Watson, owners of Watsonatta Western World in downtown Boone.

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