Ashley Murdaugh

Ashley Murdaugh  Colleton County Sheriff's Office/Provided

Investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office have discovered the buried remains of a woman who was reported missing earlier this month.

Authorities found Ashley Murdaugh's body around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in an area off Cumberland Street in Walterboro, according to a statement by the Sheriff's Office. A K-9 search and rescue team was brought in to help.

The 30-year-old was reported missing by her family on Aug. 8, according to the statement. 

According to a Sheriff's Office incident report, a deputy spoke with a woman who identified herself as Murdaugh's sister-in-law.

She told the deputy that she last heard from Murdaugh on Aug. 4 when Murdaugh called and wanted to speak with her grandmother.

Murdaugh asked for $100 to buy presents for her child's birthday, the report stated. 

The sister-in-law stated that Murdaugh may have last been with a man at a Walterboro Walmart and that Murdaugh sent someone a Facebook message on Aug. 5.

The message was the last known communication by Murdaugh, the report stated.

Deputies investigating the disappearance also spoke with neighbors who reported seeing Murdaugh in front of her residence on Aug. 7, the report stated.

She paced nervously before getting into a car and driving off, the report stated.

The sister-in-law also told investigators she thought Murdaugh could be in danger, "due to the people she is hanging out with," according to the report. 

An investigation into how Murdaugh died is under way. Her manner of death is pending the results of an autopsy. 

Further information about the case was not available Tuesday.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.