Tammy and Sidney Moorer, the couple arrested Friday in connection to the Heather Elvis case when several law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant on their place of residence in Horry County, S.C., are likely facing more charges. According to one official, not only were the charges brought against the couple Saturday a "preliminary," the charges to come will be a "lot heavier."
Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson told WBTW: "In this particular case they saw fit to charge smaller charges to start with but I'll assure you a lot heavier charges are coming."
Richardson did not offer specifics with regard to the case or what the "heavier charges" might be. He would not explain if those "heavier charges" would be connected to the Heather Elvis case.
"Anything that we release at this point could jeopardize the case," Richardson said. "We've got to be really tight fisted on that stuff certainly not trying to deprive the public or the family or anyone else of information but right now it could do a lot more harm than good."
Horry County Police did confirm that Friday's arrests were connected to the Heather Elvis investigation but as to how was left unsaid. The possibility exists that the charges brought against Tammy and Sidney Moorer on Saturday were not connected to the missing person case at all and that the charges stemmed from the Moorers being uncooperative.
In a prepared news release regarding the search warrant, Horry County Police said: "The search warrant was executed in an attempt to identify potential evidence based on new information obtained through expert analysis of previously seized surveillance tapes in the area along with financial discrepancies filed with the State of South Carolina on behalf of the occupants of the residence."
Sidney Moorer, 38, has been a social media target since Heather Elvis went missing, especially given that he was reportedly once was in a relationship with the young woman. Moorer, 18 years Elvis' senior, was also the last person known to have contact with Elvis. Phone records obtained by Horry County police indicate that there was contact between Elvis and Moorer at 6 a.m. on Dec. 18, the last entry in the records.
And it didn't help that Moorer told investigators initially that he had not had any contact with Heather Elvis since October. When confronted with the phone evidence, he amended his recollection to include calling her to tell her to stop calling him.
But Heather Elvis' green Dodge Intrepid had been found at Peachtree Landing in Socastee, not far from the Moorer home. And with the mention of Sidney Moorer in the original missing person report filed by Elvis' dad, Terry, on Dec. 19, speculation and accusations began to be posted on social media sites.
Tammy Moorer, when appearing before the judge Saturday, said that the Elvis case and the subsequent attention directed at her had resulted in her losing her job. She mentioned the impact on her three children.
Both the Moorers are being held on a $20,000 security bond. Thy have not been released, however, because the judge also issued a hold on them. They will remain in custody pending additional charges.
"This is the preliminary step," Solicitor Richardson regarding the charges, according to WMBF. "Police are not slowing down their investigation until we get to the point where were able to go forward and prove the guilt or the innocence."
For the family of Heather Elvis, the search goes on for their missing loved one. WBTW spoke with the Elvises Friday after the arrests and the family was waiting for possible developments from the police search. For Terry Elvis and his wife, Debbi, there is hope that some link to their missing daughter might be found in all of increased activity around the Moorer house and the renewed interest in the case.
Solicitor Richardson said there could be numerous scenarios that play out between Tammy and Sidney Moorer. "It may very well be that one of them may work against the other one, it could be that both of them decide to work together. There are a lot of decisions that go into it."
There is a $30,000 reward being offered for information on the whereabouts of the missing 20-year-old or to anyone with information regarding her disappearance. Those who have information regarding the case are urged to call 843-915-TIPS.