Body of missing woman's fiance was found near handgun

David Hedrick and Dara Watson

David Hedrick, the fiance of a 30-year-old woman who went missing last week, was found bloodied near a 9-mm handgun in their Mount Pleasant home, according to incident reports.

Incident reports released today paint a rough timeline of how family members and co-workers say they last communicated with Dara Watson by text messages, but whether those messages indeed were authored by Watson wasn't known.

Watson was last seen Monday night when she left her parents’ business in Boone, N.C. The reports said she was traveling in a GMC Envoy.

The sport utility vehicle was found Wednesday burned and abandoned in the Francis Marion National Forest. A search of the area came up empty.

Watson was first reported missing Friday morning, when her boss at Verge Solutions in Mount Pleasant contacted the police. He told investigators that Watson had texted her Wednesday but hadn’t shown up for work, which was unusual.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department also called Watson’s sister, who said that she had exchanged texts with Watson and that the messages “were normal and sounded like things that she would text.”

When contacted by phone Friday, Hedrick told the police that he had a fight with Watson on Monday night and that she left Tuesday. He hadn’t heard from her since, he told them.

But early Friday afternoon, about 1 p.m., officers responded to reports of a possible suicide at Hedrick’s and Watson’s home on North Creek Drive. The officers found Hedrick on a bed with a pool of blood “building” around his head. A 9-mm Sig Sauer was found next to a nearby sink.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Scott Ramsey would not confirm Hedrick’s cause of death Monday morning, saying only that experts were “still looking into it.”

Hedrick was president and CEO of a bail-bond company, Palmetto Surety on Daniel Island, and had been romantically involved with Watson since April 2009.