Man held was missing woman’s Internet date, Dorchester County investigators say

Ashley Pegram and Edward Primo Bonilla

The man who was arrested on a charge of obstructing justice after a Summerville-area woman went missing earlier this month went out with her on a date through the Kik phone app, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s office.

Edward Bonilla, 30, of Mabeline Road in Hanahan was arrested because of discrepancies in his version of what happened after he picked up 28-year-old Ashley Pegram from her home, Capt. Tony Phinney said Monday.

“There’s a problem with his timeline,” Phinney said.

Pegram’s family told deputies she left their house in Clemson Terrace around 9:30 p.m. April 3 with a man in a slate blue 2005 Hyundai Sonata. They never heard from her again.

Pegram’s sister tracked down the man through messages on the cellphone she and her sister share. Pegram didn’t take the phone, credit cards or other identification with her when she went out on the date, according to the incident report.

Her family found out she went out with a man who lives in Hanahan with a Kik screen name of Emoney Bon, according to the report. The family initially told investigators Pegram’s date sounded like he was about 18 years old, but that turned out not to be the case, Phinney said.

Bonilla said he dropped off Pegram near her house off U.S. Highway 78 near Summerville around midnight because she was drunk and unruly, according to the report.

Bonilla’s story was contradicted by video showing Pegram at a Sunoco station on College Park Road around that time, Phinney said.

Pegram left three children at home with her mother when she left with Bonilla. Pegram’s mother and sister said it was unlike her to be gone without calling. Investigators said they suspected foul play.

Bonilla was arrested April 15 and is being held in the Dorchester jail on $400,000 bail.

Investigators spent the weekend working on the case and had some leads they couldn’t make public yet, Phinney said Monday.

Pegram is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, usually wearing black-framed glasses. She was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and black flip-flops with sparkles on the night she was last seen by her family.

Anyone with information about Pegram’s disappearance is asked to call Dorchester County Sheriff’s Detective Andy Martin at 832-0300 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.