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'He's choking the shit out of her': Friends of missing South Carolina mother warned police

During a frantic search for Megan Bodiford — a 25-year-old mother of three from Denmark, South Carolina, who went missing a week ago — officers with the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office made a grim discovery. Charred human remains were discovered in a burned-out vehicle parked beneath power cables on a muddy turnoff off Turn Ray Road – about two and a half miles west of Denmark.

While the identity of the deceased has not yet been revealed, Bodiford's friends and family are preparing for the worst – and wondering whether more could have been done to protect her from the alleged abuse she suffered in the months leading up to her death was exposed to disappearance.

Bodiford's last text message to a friend before her disappearance on Thursday, April 25, 2024, was particularly ominous…

“If you don’t hear from me within 30 minutes, he killed me,” the message said. “He has a gun.”

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Twenty-eight years old Jarrett Haskell Davis – Bodiford's boyfriend and father of her young child – has a long criminal record. This news outlet has filed multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain records of his interactions with law enforcement in multiple counties. On the outstanding charges he was facing at the time of Bodiford's disappearance? A second-degree domestic violence charge out of nearby Barnwell County on June 2, 2022.

On Saturday (April 27, 2024) – two days after Bodiford's last text message – the Bamberg Sheriff's Office requested agents from the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to assist in executing a search warrant for Davis. That request was made after Bodiford's four-month-old daughter could not be located — and after authorities discovered an active arrest warrant for Davis on domestic violence charges.

Davis was on probation in connection with a March 2023 arrest that led to seven criminal charges. On September 5, 2023, he pleaded guilty to three of these charges – including drug possession and theft. According to Vinelink, his probation was active and was scheduled to run until February 16, 2025.

Friends of Megan Bodiford knew about Davis' active probation. After seeing signs of an attack on the young mother – including multiple bruises – they contacted Davis' probation officer for help.

Copies of these messages were provided to our media outlet for review.

The first message we reviewed was sent on April 12, 2024 – less than two weeks before Bodiford's chilling text message and subsequent disappearance.

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“He will end up killing his baby mama (Bodiford),” it said.

After the person who received the messages confirmed that it was indeed Davis' parole officer, Bodiford's friend provided more details.

“He does an act about Megan every day now,” she wrote. “It becomes an everyday occurrence. And the law has already called on them several times, but what he does is he gets up to his neck in the woods before they get there. He has a whole new arrest warrant for that.”

“He's also strangling her to death,” she continued, “and he's going to do it while she's holding the baby.”

The probation officer suggested the friend contact Bodiford and call 9-1-1 – but advised her not to hold the phone to her ear to prevent Davis from realizing she was answering the call has made.

“I told her the exact same thing, but I doubt she’ll try to call again,” the friend said. “She's given up, it looks like.”

The next day, the friend texted the probation officer telling her that Bodiford had sent her another frightening message that morning.

“(She) said he had a gun and was going to kill her,” the friend wrote.

There was no response from the probation officer.

The next text was sent on Saturday, April 27, 2024 – two days after Megan was last heard from.

“Hey, we think Megan is dead,” it said. “She was last seen with Jarrett (Davis).”

Our media outlet has filed multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in hopes of finding out whether Bodiford made calls to law enforcement. Meanwhile, a friend of Bodiford shared several phone calls and messages she received from Davis on April 27, 2024 – the same day the search warrant was executed on him.

“Have you heard from Megan? Anything?” Davis wrote, appearing to express concern. “Please let me know something.”

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Megan Bodiford is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. She was last seen on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in Denmark, South Carolina wearing a gray t-shirt and Batman pajama pants. Investigators believe she may be driving a dark gray 2013-2015 Ford Explorer with temporary registration CP0530PR. Anyone with information about her whereabouts should contact the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office 803-245-3000.

To date, no charges have been filed against Jarrett Davis and law enforcement has not indicated he is a person of interest in her disappearance. Authorities have not yet released the name of the person found dead Tuesday or provided any information about the make or model of the vehicle discovered at the scene.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

Jenn Wood (Provided)

Jenn Wood is FITSNews' peerless research director. She is also a producer for FITSFiles and Cheer Incorporated Podcasts and leading expert on all things justice in Murdaugh, South Carolina. Jenn Wood, a former private investigator with a degree in criminal justice – evildoers beware – is anything but your average journalist! This is a deep-dive researcher with a passion for truth and a heart for victims Mom of two is pretty much a superhero in FITSNews land. Did we mention she's married to a rocket scientist? (Lucky one!) Do you have a story idea or tip for Jenn? Email her at [email protected].

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