Woman who arranged date on app goes missing

Ashley Pegram, who lives near Summerville, has been missing since she went on a date the night of April 3.

A 28-year-old Dorchester County woman has been missing since she went out on a date she arranged on an instant messaging service almost two weeks ago.

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. She never came home. She was last near the house in a slate-blue 2005 Hyundai Sonata.

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office officials say they are concerned for the woman’s safety and are following leads.

“At this point, foul play is a definite possibility,” said Capt. Tony Phinney.

It’s not like Pegram to leave her children for any length of time, according to her family.

“This is not Ashley,” said her mother, Rayma Chance. “She has never gone a day without calling me.”

Her sister, Brandy Chance, 31, said Pegram would never make them worry like this unless something were wrong.

“She wouldn’t do this,” Chance said. “No way, Jose.”

Kik can be used to send messages and photos to meet people with similar interests. The site claims 200 million users.

Pegram’s family identified the user name of the 18-year-old man she went out with, according to the incident report from the Sheriff’s Office. Pegram’s sister shares a cellphone with her, and they were able to find text messages indicating the man lives in Hanahan.

Her sister called him, and he told her Pegram was intoxicated and he let her out of the car around midnight somewhere about a half-mile from the house, according to the report.

Pegram was not carrying a cellphone, credit cards or other identification, according to her sister. The family called around to hospitals with no results. Other local law enforcement agencies also had no information on her whereabouts, according to the report.

Deputies are investigating several leads, Phinney said, including the possible involvement of the Hanahan man.

“We’re concerned that it’s way beyond her normal pattern of behavior,” Phinney said. “We’re concerned with her safety.”

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.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.