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Shovel found near scene of missing woman's burning car

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County sheriff's deputies have recovered a shovel that could be the shovel that David Hedrick had the day he was driven home from the Francis Marion National Forest. The shovel is being tested for possible DNA from missing woman Dara Watson, who hasn't been seen since Feb. 6.

Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell said Tuesday that Hedrick, Watson's fiance, was involved in her disappearance. According to police, a witness spotted Hedrick with a shovel, leaving the area where 30-year-old Dara Watson's car was found burned. The shovel was found down the road from the burned car on Halfway Creek Road.

Law enforcement agencies have been searching for Watson, who was last seen in Boone, North Carolina on Feb. 6. On Friday, two friends found Hedrick, 34, dead in the couple's North Creek Drive home after an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

During a press conference Tuesday, Sewell said that between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon, Hedrick was involved in the circumstances of Watson's disappearance. Police say the couple may have had an argument Monday night about the upcoming wedding.

"Dara's burnt vehicle was recovered in the Francis Marion National Forest off of Halfway Creek Road," Sewell said. "Witnesses have positively identified Hedrick leaving the burning vehicle and hitching a ride from a passerby to North Creek Drive near his residence."

Authorities are looking for anyone who may have seen Hedrick's white 2008 Mercedes E-350 or Watson's silver 2006 GMC Envoy between Monday and Tuesday night.

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