DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County detectives have confirmed the man arrested Wednesday night in connection with the disappearance of a 28-year-old Summerville woman was the person she went on a date with the night she went missing.
Deputies arrested 30-year-old Edward Bonilla and charged him with obstruction of justice, according to Dorchester County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Phinney. According to court documents, Bonilla is accused of providing false and misleading information about the disappearance of Ashley Nichole Pegram.
Pegram, 28, was last seen more than a week ago and deputies are actively searching for her.
Authorities did not initially say how Bonilla was connected to Pegram when his arrest was announced Thursday morning.
Detectives say Bonilla spoke with deputies on or about April 8 and provided information about Pegram's disappearance. Court documents state detectives following up on that information learned it was false and misleading. A judge set a $400,000 surety bond for Bonilla Thursday morning.
Deputies say the Summerville woman was reported missing by family on April 4. Family members say they last saw Pegram on Friday, April 3 around 9 p.m. when she left to go on a date with an unknown man that she was talking with on the social media site "Kik."
That man was later identified as Bonilla, officials say.
According to the family, Pegram never returned home or made contact with family members which is uncommon for her to do.
An incident report states the woman's sister found text messages between Pegram and Bonilla, who identified himself on the messenger application as 18-year-old Emoney Dom of Hanahan.
Bonilla reportedly told the sister that he kicked Pegram out of his car near a Kangaroo Gas Station on Main Street in Berkeley County around midnight after she became hard to handle.
Deputies say Pegram was last seen in the early morning hours of April 4 at a gas station on College Park Road. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Foul play is "a definite possibility," Dorchester County deputies said.
Pegram is described as a white female, approximately 5'01" and 140 pounds. She has brown shoulder length hair, brown eyes, and wears black framed glasses.
If you have any information on Pegram's whereabouts, call Dorchester County Sheriff's Office at (843) 832-0333, or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.