Ashley Pegram dead and obituary, Murder: Where is Edward Bonilla Now?

The sudden disappearance of a young woman after a date has left her family worried and dismayed. But despite her hopes, she didn’t show up alive. “Web of Lies: Swipe Right to Murder”, uncovered by the investigation, documents the tragic death of Ashley Pegram in April 2015. What was supposed to be a fun night turned out to be fatal for the young mother, prompting authorities to search for her killer. So if you’re wondering what’s going on in this situation, you’ve come to the right place.

How did Ashley Pegram die?

Ashley Nicole Pegram was born in South Carolina in April 1986. She has three children and lives with her parents in Somerville, South Carolina. Relatives say Ashley is by nature a friendly, helpful person who loves spending time outdoors. On April 3, 2015, the 28-year-old left the house on a date after 9pm, but never returned. The family reported her missing on April 4.

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As the days turned into weeks, hopes of finding Ashley alive were dashed. On cue, authorities searched a forest in Halleville, South Carolina. Ashley’s decomposing body was found in a shallow grave on May 9, 2015. She was only wearing a bra and her glasses were tangled in her hair. An autopsy revealed a fracture to her neck, consistent with manual strangulation and blunt trauma to the head. Homicide violence is considered the cause of death.

Who killed Ashley Pegram?

When Ashley didn’t return the next day, her family checked her messages on a phone she shared with her sister. At the time, Ashley was talking to a man named Edward Borilla through a messaging app. They met online sometime in March 2015. In fact, Edward was the one she dated last night. In a message received around 3.29am on April 4, he apologised for leaving Ashley on the street because she was too drunk.

The family provided the information to authorities, who took Edward away for questioning. He claims to have picked up Ashley on the night of April 3, after which they drove his mother’s car to the campfire at his brother’s apartment. Sometime after midnight, surveillance footage from the gas station showed Ashley getting in and out of the same car. While Edward initially claimed to have left her at the gas station, he later changed his account, pointing to a trailer park in Somerville.

 

Authorities, not believing his account of events, watched Edward carefully. At the time, he was employed by a flooring company, and surveillance from there showed Edward leaving in one of the company’s vehicles, which was returned by an unidentified person at about 10.55pm on April 4. Police inspected the car and found blood, and Ashley tested positive for DNA. With this evidence, they obtained a search warrant for his mother’s car. The tribe also has Ashley’s DNA.

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