DCSO: More arrests possible in Summerville woman's murder

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Published: May. 11, 2015 at 5:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2015 at 7:32 PM EDT
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Edward Bonilla (Photo source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)
Edward Bonilla (Photo source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)

HARLEYVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office say more arrests are possible in connection to the murder of a 28-year-old Summerville woman whose body was found this past weekend.

Authorities located the body of Ashley Pegram on Sunday near Harleyville.

According to the sheriff's office, information received by detectives on Friday led authorities to Pegram's location in a wooded area off Brown Town Road near Harleyville off I-26; authorities say the source of the information is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

After a search on Saturday turned up unsuccessful, detectives resumed searching on Sunday with the assistance of cadaver dogs, and at 9:55 a.m. the dogs located a body that had been buried.

An autopsy was conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina and the body was subsequently identified as Pegram.

The manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was listed as "homicidal violence," Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said.

Pegram was reported missing by her family on April 4 after she failed to return home following a date she had arranged with an unknown man on April 3.

On Wednesday, Hanahan resident Edward Bonilla, 30, was denied bond for evidence found in connection to the charge of Pegram's murder against him. According to authorities, Bonilla had initially been held on a $400,000 bond for obstruction of justice in Pegram's disappearance, as well as for providing false and misleading information when he was questioned about the disappearance.

A search warrant led to the discovery of blood consistent with Pegram's DNA profile in the trunk of Bonilla's vehicle. Police say the man, who they identified as Bonilla, had been communicating with Pegram through the social media site "Kik."

Pegram's sister, Brandy Chance, said she found the Kik app on her sister's cell phone, where she saw messages from a man identified by the screen name "Emoney Bon."

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