BOONE, NC (WCSC) - Funeral arrangements have been announced for Dara Lee Watson, the 30-year-old woman shot and killed by her fiance in early February.
Friends and family of Watson, a native of Watauga County, NC, will celebrate her life with a 2 p.m. service this Wednesday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, located in the New River Township outside of Boone. The burial will follow in the Watson Family Cemetery in Banner Elk.
The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Police say that Watson was shot and killed by her fiance, David Hedrick, in the couple's Mt. Pleasant home and then buried in the Francis Marion National Forest.
On Saturday, the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed that the body found Friday had been identified as Watson, who was missing for almost two weeks.
Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell said during a press conference on Saturday that Hedrick killed Watson in the couple's Rivertowne home then took her body to the woods and buried her in a shallow grave. The coroner says Watson died from a single gunshot to the head sometime between Monday and Tuesday night.
Investigators located Watson's body Friday afternoon in the Francis Marion National Forest while conducting a search for her. Watson's body was found close to where her burned SUV was located on Feb. 7.
Saturday's announcement provides some closure to Watson's family and the hundreds of people who spent the last week searching for her.
Police are now trying to determine if the gun Hedrick used to kill himself is the same gun he used to kill Watson. Police also now know more about Hedrick's plans for after he killed Watson and before he committed suicide.
Investigators say they found signs that he was planning to leave town after the murder. They found a resignation letter in his home.