Another missing person case was resolved. Unfortunately, it was resolved in an unsatisfactory way. Saturday, the Charleston County Coroner, Rae Wooten, confirmed that a body found in the Francis Marion National Forest belonged to Dara Lee Watson. Dara Lee Watson. It was reported that Dara died of a single gunshot wound to the head. It appears that her death was a homicide.
Dara, age 30, was found in South Carolina not far from where her abandoned and burned GMC Envoy SUV had been found. Her 34 year-old fiance reportedly committed suicide a few days after her disappearance. As you may recall, prior to his suicide, David Hedrick, had told police that the couple had gotten into an argument and that she left. Apparently, Hedrick shot Dara and buried her in the forest. Now, they are both gone and that is an unsatisfactory resolution to any domestic dispute.
Update 2-22-12: Because the suspect died, he will never have a chance to experience jail or write a book behind bars. Here is an article by Jay Smith about authors writing behind bars: LINK.
Sports Update 2-23-12: In an unrelated case of violence, a jury has recommended that former University of Virginia lacrosse player, George Huguely, serve 25 years for the murder of Yeardley Love. In addition, it was also recommended that Huguely serve a 1 year sentence for grand larceny. The jury made their recommendation after the guilty verdict. The defence failed to call any character witnesses during the sentencing phase.