The body found in Francis Marion National Forest yesterday has been positively identified as missing 30 year old Dara Lee Watson. According to the coroner, Watson was ID’d by dental records and was killed by a single gunshot to the head. Police are ruling the death a homicide. Watson’s body was found in a shallow grave not too far from the location of her burned silver 2006 GMC Envoy was found abandoned. Dara Lee Watson was reported missing on Friday, February 10, 2012 by her employer when she didn’t show up from work. Watson was last seen in Boone, NC on February 6.
Dara Lee Watson
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.
Police have said that they believe David Hedrick is directly responsible for Dara Lee Watson’s disappearance and death. Witnesses report seeing Hedrick leave the woods near where Watson’s SUV was found and that he was carrying a shovel. David Hedrick was previously found dead of a self inflicted gun shot wound. The couple broke up and in another case of if I can’t have you no one else will, Hendrick killed Watson, buried her in a shallow grave and then killed himself. Police will now try to confirm whether the gun Hedrick used to commit suicide was the same one that was used to kill Dara Lee Watson.
Yet another senseless act where some one could not just move on and take no for an answer.