More arrests possible in case of missing Summerville woman found dead after phone app date

Ashley Pegram

The discovery of a Summerville woman’s body more than a month after she went missing after a date set up through a phone app isn’t the end of the road for investigators by a long shot, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.

There are still a number of unanswered questions about the death of Ashley Pegram, 29, and investigators say it is possible there will be more arrests in the case.

Capt. Tony Phinney could not comment about what led them to believe that more people may have been involved in Pegram’s death. He also declined to comment about whether Edward Bonilla, the man currently charged with her murder, is cooperating with investigators.

Phinney said the Sheriff’s Office received information Friday about the possible location of Pegram’s body. He declined to reveal the source of that information, citing the ongoing investigation.

With the help of “cadaver dogs,” which are specifically trained to detect human remains, Pegram’s body was found buried in a wooded area off Brown Town Road near Harleyville, according to Phinney.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet ruled the death as homicidal violence after an autopsy performed Sunday.

He said on Monday that because of the trauma to Pegram’s body, he is still awaiting test results and analyzing evidence to determine exactly how she died.

Bonilla, 30, of Mabeline Road in Hanahan, was first arrested April 15 on an obstruction charge because of discrepancies in his version of what happened after he picked up Pegram from her home on April 3.

He was charged last week with murder after Pegram’s blood was found in his trunk, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Bonilla is being held in the Dorchester County jail in St. George.

He and Pegram met on the Kik phone app. Pegram’s family told deputies that she left their house in Clemson Terrace around 9:30 p.m. April 3 with a man in a slate blue 2005 Hyundai Sonata. She left without a phone, keys or identification.

Pegram’s family has not returned calls for comment.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughton.