Coroner: Body found identified as Dara Lee Watson

(Chris Hauff/WCIV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)-- In a press conference on Saturday Coroner Rae Wooten confirmed that the body found on Friday is that of missing woman Dara Lee Watson.

Watson was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. The coroner says Watson was identified by dental records.

The discovery of the body wasn't far from where Watson's burnt car was found last week -- about 60 yards away. Police say that because of heavy rain, the ground settled and revealed her location.

Police believe Watson was killed sometime between Monday and Tuesday in the home she shared with David Hedrick. He then took her out to Francis Marion National Forest and buried her in a shallow grave.

Watson was reported missing on Friday, Feb 10th by her employer when she didn't show up from work. Her fiance, David Hedrick was found dead in their home on North Creek Drive hours later. He was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say Hedrick was planning to leave town before he took his own life. They found a resignation letter on his computer.

Police have said that they believe Hedrick is directly responsible for Watson's disappearance. Witnesses report seeing Hedrick leave the woods near where Watson's SUV was found and that he was carrying a shovel.

On Wednesday, investigators confirmed they recovered a shovel from where the search for Watson began on Saturday Feb 11. Charleston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. James Brady said the shovel is being tested for prints and DNA.