Woman found dead Monday died of knife wounds

Alexis Lukaitis was reported missing around 9 a.m. Monday.

Alexis Lukaitis' car was found this morning in Beaufort County, two days after her body was found along a rural dirt road in Charleston County, authorities said.

Lukaitis, 27, of Bluffton died from knife wounds, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said today.

She was reported missing to the Beaufort County sheriff's office about 9 a.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Robin McIntosh, the department's public information officer.

Lukaitis' fiance, 32-year-old Michael Bartley, told Beufort County deputies that she left Beaufort for Charleston at 3 p.m. Sunday to take a friend to Charleston. Bartley last spoke to her about 7:45 p.m. Sunday at which point she said she would see him in about an hour, but she never arrived and did not return phone calls, McIntosh said.

Lukaitis was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix with the South Carolina license plate FNY-718. Her vehicle was not found at the scene of the crime, authorities said.

Authorities this morning issued a "Be On The Lookout" alert over the police radio for Lukaitis' Grand Prix.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies responded to Old Jacksonboro Road near S.C. Highway 174 about 7:30 a.m. Monday after workers found the body of a white female lying just off the road.

Sheriff Al Cannon has a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m.

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