The search for the 30-year-old missing woman, Dara Watson, who was reported near Charleston has been called off.
Several agencies and volunteers took to heavily wooded areas surrounding the location where Dara Watson's SUV was found burned at the Francis Marion National Forest, near Halfway Creek Road. The Charleston County Sheriff's office was leading the investigation into Watson's sudden disappearance. Her parents arrived at the search site at approximately 2:00 p.m., and were brought to the Mobile Command Center, before the search was called off, reported CBS. Mt. Pleasant police, the Department of Natural Resources officers and forensic service officials were all there to assist in the search.
At this point it's an active investigation and we're really trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, Chief Harry Sewell of the Mt. Pleasant Police said, according to CBS. Nothing is more important that this young lady's life.
Watson's mother said that she last saw her daughter on Monday in Boone, N.C. On Wednesday, investigators said that Watson sent her boss a text message, but was not heard from since.
In a twist in the case, Mt. Pleasant police are investigating the death of Watson's fiancé, David Hedrick. The 34-year-old was found dead in the home he and Watson shared on Friday. The couple was to be married in about nine months, reported CBS.
Authorities would not discuss the way in which Hedrick died or when they believed he died.
The only thing I can tell you right now is that we found him deceased in his home, said Deputy Coroner Scott Ramsey, according to the Post and Courier. I think we got the call around 12:45 p.m. Friday.
Maj. Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said it is not surprising that they found a burned SUV on Wednesday. Police did not believe it was connected to Watson's disappearance until she was officially reported missing and her fiance was found dead.
A Facebook page entitled, Help Find Dara Lee Watson - Missing from South Carolina, was created in order to help raise awareness on Watson's disappearance.
Praying so hard...my heart goes out to her family, especially her Mom and Dad. I cannot imagine the nightmare they are going through, wrote one poster, Susan Triplett.
I keep checking back for updates I really hope she is found safe and well soon xx, wrote poster Cheryl Bir.
Watson is about 5 feet 4 inches. She weighs 127 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with any information tips or leads are asked to call the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 843-884-4176.