Missing Colleton County mother found dead, buried in Walterboro

Ashley Murdaugh (Provided, Colleton County Sheriff's Office).jpg
Ashley Murdaugh (Provided, Colleton County Sheriff's Office)

A Colleton County mother of three missing since early August has been found dead, buried in a shallow grave in Walterboro.

Colleton County Sheriff's Office investigators say they found Ashley Murdaugh's body buried off Cumberland Street shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Murdaugh was last seen August 4. Searches throughout Colleton County had been ongoing since August 14.

Sheriff's deputies say information obtained from more than a dozen interviews led them to the area of Cumberland Street, and search assisted by K-9 trackers uncovered Murdaugh's remains.

Deputies say Murdaugh's cause of death is unknown at this time, but autopsy results are pending.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says it is confident arrests will be made in this case within the next 24 hours.