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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)-- Police say the fiance of a missing Mount Pleasant woman was found dead in their home, with a 9mm handgun just feet away.
What's more, part of a Mount Pleasant police report labeled the incident a suicide. It says David Hedrick was found Friday, February 10, lying in his own blood on his bed.
Hedrick's fiance, Dara Watson was last seen on February 6. She was last heard from, through a text message, Wednesday, February 8. Her fiance's death raises more questions to what really happened.
Watson, 30, lived in Mount Pleasant, on North Creek Drive, with Hedrick. According to officers, Hedrick told police he and Watson got into an argument the last time they were together. Now he's dead and she's nowhere to be found.
"We're really trying to put the pieces together," said Mount Pleasant Police Chief, Harry Sewell. "There's nothing more important than this lady's life."
Investigators say both Watson's sister and her boss, at Verge Solutions a software company, got text messages from her, around the same time Watson'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 a family very hard," said Major Jim Brady, with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Friends tell ABC News 4, Watson's a detail-oriented person, one that wouldn't miss work or lose contact without notice.
Before his death, Watson's fiance said she may have gone to stay with friends in the days before her disappearance. This is what Hedrick told police a short time before he died.
The coroner has confirmed Hedrick died from a single gunshot to the head. A ruling on suicide has not been made.
Records show Watson last used her cell phone February 8, in Mount Pleasant, near Venning Road.
David Hedrick was president and CEO of a bail-bond company on Daniel Island.