The search for Heather Elvis, a 20-year-old restaurant hostess that went missing from the Socastee, S. C., area on Dec. 17, continued over the weekend and on through Monday, authorities reported. Police continued interviews as investigators and volunteers scoured the area around Peachtree Landing (located on the Waccamaw River) where the young woman's vehicle was recovered.
Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said, MyrtleBeachOnline.com reported Dec. 23, that searchers were out over the weekend and on Monday as well. Heather Elvis was reported missing by her father, Kegler noted, after her car was discovered at a boat landing in Peachtree Landing late Thursday (Dec. 19).
Volunteer efforts orchestrated by the Center for Missing Persons (or CUE) were on hand to assist authorities during the weekend as officials searched land and water in and around Peachtree Landing. Kegler said that police had found no sign that Elvis had gone into or near the river itself.
Prior to the weekend, various agencies searched the Intracoastal Waterway around Peachtree Landing using boats and a helicopter.
It is still unclear just who may have seen Heather Elvis last. Her last confirmed whereabouts was in the Carolina Forest area (about ten miles from where he car, a dark green 2001 Dodge Intrepid, was found) on Tuesday. The last time her cell phone pinged was about 2 a.m. the following morning. To make matters more worrisome, she didn't show up for her scheduled shift at her workplace Friday.
Family members quickly created a missing persons Facebook page, FindHeatherElvis, and produced a printable poster which they (and friends and helpful volunteers) have been posting all over the Myrtle Beach area and throughout Horry County.
There is an $11,000 reward being offered for information regarding Elvis. The reward was originally $1,000, but, according to the Facebook page, it has been increased. The reward is incentive for people to come forward with information that might help find or lend closure to the case.
Anyone with information about Heather Elvis' whereabouts or disappearance, including the time between when she was last seen and the time when she was reported missing, is urged to contact the family or authorities at the following: Horry County Police Department: (843) 915-5350, on Facebook here: http://on.fb.me/1hrsLNY, on Twitter:https://twitter.com/horrycountypd, or online: http://police.horrycounty.org/