Dara Watson's fiance found dead

10:04 PM, Feb 14, 2012   |    comments
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Dara Watson

By Eric Egan

Mount Pleasant, SC (WCIV/CNN) - The search continues for a South Carolina woman who's been missing for more than a week.

Her fiancé was found dead four days ago.

Dara Watson, 30, was reported missing last Friday. She hasn't been seen in a full week.

Watson lived in a Mount Pleasant home on North Creek Drive with her fiancé, David Hedrick.

According to officers, Hedrick told police he and Watson got into an argument last Monday night, now he's dead and she's nowhere to be found.

"We're really trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Nothing is more important than this young lady's life," said Chief Harry Sewell with the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Investigators say both Watson's sister and her boss at Verge Solutions, a software company, got text messages from her last Wednesday. Around that same time, the woman's SUV was found burned out in the Francis Marion Forest.

Police searched the area for two days but found nothing. Watson's family was there for part of the search.

"This is the loss of a daughter and a niece so that is going to impact the family very hard," said Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Friends tell ABC News4 she's a detail-oriented person, one that wouldn't miss work or lost contact without notice.

Before his death, Watson's fiancé said she may have gone to stay with friends in the days before her disappearance.

The coroner confirmed Hedrick died from a single gunshot to the head.

Investigators are looking into whether someone shot him or he shot himself.



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