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The following timeline is based on Beaufort County Sheriff Office reports and witness accounts.
Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010
At the couple's apartment, Lukaitis tells her finance, Michael Bartley, she is ill and going to take a nap. Bartley leaves for his parents' house with the couple's sons, Scott and Evan, for the family's regular, Sunday-evening dinner.
Bartley says Lukaitis spoke to someone in the car, presumably Drayton. Lukaitis tells Bartley she is on U.S. 17 near Charleston and that she will be home in about an hour.
Bartley calls Lukaitis repeatedly until nearly 2 a.m. No answer.
Monday, Aug. 9
Bartley calls Johnson, who says her 11-year-old son saw Drayton walking in the parking lot of Bluffton Self Help that morning with scratches on his face, a large bandage on his right index finger and a hospital identification band on his wrist.
Bartley calls Drayton and confronts him about his injuries and Lukaitis' whereabouts. Drayton tells Bartley that Lukaitis never picked him up and abruptly hangs up the phone.
Bartley calls the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office to report Lukaitis missing.
9:08 a.m.: Beaufort County sheriff's deputies arrive at the Lakes at Myrtle Park to interview Bartley. He tells them she went to Charleston with Drayton and has not returned.
Deputies attempt to call Lukaitis' cell phone. No one answers.
Deputies run a computer search on Lukaitis' 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. The car has not been seen by law enforcement officers in South Carolina or neighboring states.
5 p.m.: Bartley's relative at the Hardeeville Police Department tells deputies about the body of a white woman matching the description of Lukaitis found in Charleston County.
Deputies re-intervew Bartley. He tells them Lukaitis went to Charleston with Drayton to buy pills.
Deputies call Shannon Hooper, Lukaitis' friend. Hooper says she has not seen Lukaitis since Sunday afternoon. She also tells deputies Lukaitis went to Charleston with Drayton to get prescription pills. She tells them Drayton later called her to say he never went to Charleston with Lukaitis.
Beaufort County dispatchers enter information on Lukaitis and her car into the National Crime Information Center.
Deputies arrive at Jordan's May River Road home. Drayton isn't there.
They leave a message on his cell phone. He calls back and agrees to meet them at Jordan's home. Deputies wait about 30 minutes. Drayton never shows. They search the area but can't find him.
They speak with his aunt, who lives next door to Jordan. She says she hasn't seen him.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
Wednesday, Aug. 11
The spare tire, foam insert and trunk liner are missing from the trunk.
When Edwards returns home, he discovers a spare tire, tire cover and other items splattered with blood in and around a trash can in his backyard.
A town of Bluffton employee flags down deputies after finding blood spatters on a toilet, floor and wall in a stall in the women's public restroom at Old Oyster Factory Park. Investigators take swabs of the blood spatters and give them to Charleston County investigators.
Deputies searching the home find a black diaper bag and other items consistent with items missing from Lukaitis' car.
At the jewelry store, an employee says a man matching Drayton's description came in around noon Aug. 9 and sold a diamond ring he said he found at a Chevron gas station in Bluffton. The ring is turned over to investigators. It is later identified as Lukaitis' engagement ring.
Sunday, Aug. 15
-- Cassie Foss