Missing Summerville woman's body found; suspect had already been charged with murder

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HARLEYVILLE, South Carolina — The body of a 29-year-old Summerville woman has been found more than a month after she disappeared.

Dorchester County authorities told local media outlets that the body of Ashley Nicole Pegram was found Saturday in some woods near Harleyville.

Thirty-year-old Edward Bonilla had been arrested last week and charged with murder. Sheriff's Capt. Tony Phinney said investigators found blood in the trunk of Bonilla's car that was consistent with Pegram's DNA profile.

He originally had been charged with obstruction of justice. He had told investigators he took Pegram home after they went out April 3. Investigators said they met through a telephone app.

Coroner Chris Nisbet confirmed that death was a homicide but said he would not release further information while the investigation continues.

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