28-year-old Ashley Pegram of Summerville, South Carolina, disappeared on April 4th, 2015 after leaving for a date with a man she is said to have met on the smart phone messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged with her disappearance and her murder before her body was found.
Earlier this month Bonilla was convicted of Ms. Pegram’s murder and was sentenced to life. During the trial Bonilla tried to claim that her death was an accident. Bonilla hit Ms. Pegram with his mom’s car then tied a plastic bag over her head before disposing of her body in a shallow grave. Her exact cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Ashley Pegram was a mother who didn’t deserve to be killed and left out in the open like that. While meeting people through social apps has become commonplace, it’s still as dangerous as ever. Always exercise caution when making such an arrangement. Let people know where you are going and who you are going with and check in with friends and family on regular basis. Protect yourself and don’t let yourself become a victim.
The body of 28-year-old Ashley Pegarm was found over the weekend. Ms. Pegram was the mother from Summerville, South Carolina, who went missing after going on a date with a man she met on the messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged in her murder after blood found in his trunk matched that of Ms. Pegram. A cause of death has not been released other than that she died from homicidal violence.
What has come as surprise to me is that police in the area say that more arrests may be coming but are being tight-lipped about it as the investigation is ongoing. I can only imagine what these other arrests may entail.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.
I’m sad that I have to post that 28-year-old Ashley Pegram of Summerville, South Carolina, is believed to be dead. Ms. Pegram went missing in early April after going on a date with Edward Bonilla whom she met on Kik. Police in South Carolina say that blood evidence found in the trunk of Bonilla’s car is a DNA match to that of Ashley Pegram. Bonilla was being held on obstruction of justice charges but has now been charged with murder.
As of yet Ms. Pegram’s body has not yet been found. If her body is somehow never recovered Bonilla could still be convicted of murder. Murder convictions without a body are not unheard of. The two most infamous cases of that are the convictions of Tom Capano in the murder of Anne Marie Fahey and Hans Resier in the murder of his wife Nina.
My prayers and condolences to the friends and family of Ashley Pegram.
Police in South Carolina have arrested 30-year-old Edward Bonilla and charged him with obstruction of justice in the disappearance of Ashley Pegram.
Police say that Bonilla allegedly told them that he dropped Ashley off at a gas station but surveillance footage shows Ashley get out of a car at the gas station and get back in. Then Bonilla is said to have changed his story and claims that he dropped her off near a trailer park.
What really has me fearing for Ashley’s safety is that her family says that Bonilla posed on Kik as an 18-year-old and called himself “Emoney Bon”. This is an old trick used by a number of child predators in order to lure younger victims. While Ashley is 28 by all reports she looks much younger than her age.
I’m still hoping against hope and praying to God that she’ll be found alive.
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. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and black flip flops with sparkles.
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.