With two months nearly gone in the missing person case of 20-year-old Heather Elvis, the investigation appears to be ramping up. Fox News reported Feb. 7 that a task force of more than 15 local, state and federal investigators are currently working in an effort to solve the mystery of young woman's disappearance.
To date, there have been 15 search warrants issued and several polygraph tests have been administered. However, authorities have yet to name a suspect.
Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes said Thursday, according to MyHorryNews.com, that the investigation remains "very active." Still, police lack probable cause to make an arrest, she said.
Rhodes revealed during a press conference that a 15-person task force was assigned to the Heather Elvis investigation. The task force consists of two Myrtle Beach police detectives, two Horry County sheriff's office deputies, a solicitor's office investigator, a State Law Enforcement Division profiler, and individual investigators from the U.S. Marshall's Office and the FBI.
Without getting into specifics, Rhodes told reporters that some search warrants were issued for Elvis' social media accounts, where they were able to gain access to the young woman's personal messages. Search warrants to search private residences and properties have also been issued. Again, Rhodes refused to give details.
It was noted that police haven't totally ruled out the possibility that Heather Elvis was a runaway, although given what was known about her and her circumstances (a hostess at a local restaurant, close family ties, and a licensed cosmetologist), that scenario is considered unlikely.
They do believe that she drove herself down to Peachtree Landing in Socastee, a few miles from her apartment where she was dropped off after a dinner date around 2 a.m. It was there that an Horry County officer found her abandoned vehicle. Terry Elvis, her father, identified the car Dec. 19 and he immediately filed a missing person report.
Police discovered that after being dropped off at her apartment, Heather Elvis had spoken to her roommate (who was out of town) by phone. According to a police report, the roommate said she had seemed upset. However, the date, an old high school acquaintance named Steve Shiraldi, said she'd been in a good mood when he left her.
By searching her phone records, police were able to ascertain that Elvis had been in contact with 38-year-old Sidney Moorer, a 38-year-old Horry County man with whom police records indicate she had a relationship history. Moorer at first denied having spoken with Elvis since October but would later tell authorities that he had called her to tell her to stop trying to contact him.
Shiraldi has been ruled out as a possible suspect in the case, police confirmed.
A $30,000 reward has been offered for information regarding Heather Elvis' whereabouts or details regarding what might have happened to the young woman.