Hanahan man arrested on charge of lying to deputies in search for missing mom

Edward Primo Bonilla, 30, of Hanahan.

A Hanahan man has been arrested on a charge of obstructing justice in the disappearance of Summerville-area mother Ashley Pegram.

Edward Primo Bonilla, 30, of Mabeline Road was jailed Wednesday night, and his bail was set at $400,000 during a hearing Thursday morning.

Detectives from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office said Bonilla gave them information that was “false and misleading” in their search for Pegram, according to an arrest affidavit.

Ashley Pegram, a mother of three who lives in the Clemson Terrace neighborhood near Summerville, left home about 9:30 p.m. April 3 with a man she met through Kik, a messaging app for smartphones that she had used before to line up dates, according to her family. Authorities would not discuss who that man is.

She left her cellphone, credit cards and identification behind, and she never came back, according to a family member. Pegram was last near the house in a slate-blue 2005 Hyundai Sonata.

Sheriff’s Capt. Tony Phinney said Wednesday that foul play is a “definite possibility.”

Pegram’s family said it was unlike her to be without her children for any length of time.

Bonilla was arrested in November 2003 on a charge of committing a lewd act on a child, but the felony count was later dropped, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Deputies also arrested him six years later on misdemeanor charges of failing to appear for a court date and purchasing alcohol for a minor. The disposition of those charges was not immediately known.

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