UPDATE: Six charged in death of Colleton County mother

Crime & Safety

Six people have been arrested in the death of a missing Colleton County woman whose body was found buried in the woods on Tuesday.

30-year-old Ashley Murdaugh was reported missing by her family on August 8. Police now say they believe she was killed on August 5.

Nearly two weeks after the family’s report, investigators were led to a wooded area behind a home on Cumberland Street in Walterboro.

There they found Murdaugh’s remains.

“It was pretty shocking, it was pretty scary,” said Michelle Ballard, a friend who lives near the house Murdaugh’s body was found. “I wish she would have been saved.

According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the following suspects have been arrested in this case: Martina Wolf, Cynthia Caron, Alfred Taylor Jr., John Dunigan, Wayne Moore and Tammy Lott.

Wolf, Caron and Taylor have been charged with first-degree murder. Dunigan, Moore and Lott face a charge of accessory after-the-fact to homicide.

CCSO says Martina Wolf and her mother, Cynthia Caron, were both in jail prior to these charges. They were arrested on Tuesday, August 7 for aggravated assault in an unrelated incident.

They also believe Alfred Taylor was Wolf’s boyfriend.

CCSO says Wolf and Caron allegedly resided at the home close to where Murdaugh’s remains were found buried. They added that her body was found about 250 feet in the wood line.

“My heart just hurts for her, her family, her children and those closest to her,” Ballard said, adding, “She’s found, so maybe there will be some peace.”

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