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Murder charges filed, but where is Heather Elvis?

  • Married couple charged with kidnapping, murder of missing Myrtle Beach woman
  • Heather Elvis last seen alive in early morning hours of December 18, car later found abandoned
  • Family and volunteers continue searching despite murder charges
Heather Elvis vanished after returning home from a first date on the night of December 17. Neither Heather nor her body have been found.

Couple charged with Heather Elvis' murder

Couple charged with Heather Elvis' murder

We need your help: Where is Heather Elvis?

We need your help: Where is Heather Elvis?

Volunteer groups continue to search for missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis in the wake of murder charges filed against a married couple alleged to be responsible for her death.

Elvis vanished after returning home from a first date on the night of December 17.

Neither Heather nor her body have been found.

“This whole thing right now is turned into legal posturing,” Heather’s father Terry Elvis said.

“The one thing I keep seeing day in, day out is that people are forgetting what this is about – what it’s about is that this is still not done. I haven’t found my daughter.”

Lt. Robert Kegler from the Horry County Police Department said while authorities are not actively searching areas connected to Heather’s case, investigators are working on getting information in order to continue the search.

Sidney Moorer, 38--whose name was listed in Horry County’s original police report on Heather’s disappearance--and Tammy Moorer, his wife, are charged with kidnapping and murder. Both defendants were also charged with obstruction of justice and indecent exposure.

Arrest warrants for Sidney and Tammy Moorer state that law enforcement had probable cause to believe that the couple killed Heather Elvis at the Peachtree Boat Landing, where her car was found abandoned on December 19.

Police declined to comment on the nature of the evidence forming the basis for the murder charges, except to say that multiple pieces of evidence were found during a search of the Myrtle Beach couple’s house and property. Another home on the property, occupied by Tammy Moorer’s parents, was also searched.

According to, Heather Elvis’ phone call history shows calls between Elvis and Sidney Moorer in the early morning hours of December 18.

Police have declined to comment on the nature of Heather’s relationship with Moorer.

Terry Elvis said he had never heard of Sidney or Tammy Moorer until he began searching through Heather’s phone call records and Googled the number.

In an e-mail response to a request for comment, Sidney Moorer’s attorney Kirk Truslow wrote, “Sidney has no connection to, nor knowledge of, any facts surrounding the disappearance of Heather Elvis.”

“Moorer is currently incarcerated awaiting a bond hearing which unfortunately will not occur until the week of March 17,” he wrote.  

A call to Tammy Moorer’s attorney was returned; however, no statement was provided before publication of this article.

“They can focus on the case until hell freezes over, but it’s not going to fix anything,” Heather’s father said.

“It’s not going to bring resolution, unless somebody can tell me where she’s at. It’s not going to bring happiness if someone is found guilty. Not joy. Not elation. This is a lose-lose situation.”

The Horry County Police department asks that anyone with information concerning Heather Elvis call the Tipline at (843) 915-TIPS or send an email to

Despite his frustration, Terry Elvis said he is extremely proud of law enforcement doing everything in its power to bring justice in the case.

“There have been times when I’m so angry that I can’t see straight,” he said, “but that’s the reflection of the blind rage of a father...totally consumed with finding my daughter.”

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