Family of missing Summerville mother fearing the worst

Published: Apr. 15, 2015 at 11:25 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Ashley Pegram's family is fearing the worst.

The mother of three hasn't been heard from in nearly two weeks and her sister, Brandy Chance, tells Live 5 that being out of touch for this long is out of character for the 28-year-old.

When Pegram didn't come home from her date on Friday, April 3, her sister says she had a bad feeling.

"She left her phone and I got on that phone and started digging," said Chance.

Chance said she discovered her sister had met a man on a dating app. Chance said Pegram and the man then started messaging in an app called Kik, leading up to their date.

According to the incident report, the man's profile on Kik lists him as 18 years old and with a screen name called "Emoney Bon."

"On the Kik message that I saw, he said hope you made it home okay. Sorry I left you at the gas station," said Chance.

However, authorities say that's not what happened.

According to Dorchester County Sheriff's officials, Pegram was last seen in the early morning hours of April 4. She was captured on surveillance video at a Sunoco gas station on College Park Road in Ladson.

Surveillance video shows Pegram getting out of a car, walking into the convenient store and then walking out to get back in the car.

The pair left the gas station together around 1 a.m.

The man later told authorities that he kicked Pegram out of his car, somewhere on Main Street in Summerville.

"Who does that! No, that's just not right," said Chance.

Pegram's sister says she's suspicious of the man's story and believes something terrible happened to her sister in the early morning hours of April 4.

Pegram had been on dates before with men from online dating sites, according to Chance.

"She would have them come pick her up at the house," said Brandy Chance, Pegram's sister. "I told her it was dangerous, she just didn't listen."

Pegram lives in the Clemson Terrace neighborhood with her mother and three children, a 9-month-old, 8-year-old and 13-year-old.

Pegrams family said it's out of character for her to be gone this long and not get in touch with them.

Authorities have not released the identity of the man Pegram was last with, but say they are in contact with him.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is still calling this a missing person case, though foul play is a definite possibility.

"I will not stop until I find out what happened to her," said Chance.

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