Horry County police confirmed this week that the department has been in contact with Florida's Volusia County Sheriff's Office regarding the discovery of human remains. Authorities there were apprised of a garbage bag containing skeletal remains earlier this week. And although there has been no confirmation from Florida police that the remains belong to a female, there are circumstances that suggest that Horry County authorities have good reason to reach out to police in Volusia County with regard to the Heather Elvis investigation.
WBTW reported March 21 that Horry County investigators notified Volusia County this week to inform them of their current missing person investigation concerning Heather Elvis. It was a matter of routine. According to Lt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County Police Department, there is currently no speculation ongoing concerning the human remains found Thursday in Deland, Fla.
WKMG out of Orlando reported this week that a man notified authorities at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office of a garbage bag he discovered that continued human skeletal remains. Police would not confirm whether or not the remains were male or female, but the man told WKMG that a deputy told him that the remains were female.
There may be no connection to the Heather Elvis case at all. However, at the bond hearing for Tammy and Sidney Moorer, the Horry County couple charged with kidnapping and murdering the 20-year-old Elvis, prosecutors displayed a map during their case presentation that included Florida, one of the states Tammy and Sidney Moorer had traveled to in recent years.
In fact, Sidney Moorer was in Florida three weeks after Heather Elvis disappeared, running in a Disney charity race. The city of Deland, where the skeletal remains were found, is just off Interstate 4 on the way to Orlando, the quickest conduit to the Walt Disney World from Interstate 95.
According to WBTW in a previous report, Sidney Moorer ran in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon as part of the "Give Kids the World" Team. Tammy Moorer said on her Facebook page that her husband hadn't trained for the run and had raised $4,000 for the non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases.
On Thursday, March 20, an Horry County Grand Jury indicted Tammy and Sidney Moorer for the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis. Getting a conviction can be problematic in a trial where the body is missing, as is the case in the Elvis investigation.
Lt. Kegler cautioned that Florida has a number of active missing persons cases from the area where the human remains were found.
Sidney Moorer was the last person known to have contact with the 20-year-old restaurant hostess. The two had had a prior relationship, one that was supposedly ended when Moorer's wife found out about it. But early in the morning of Dec. 18, there were several calls made between Sidney Moorer and Heather Elvis, according to phone records. The last call occurred at around 6 a.m.
Elvis' car was found abandoned at Peachtree Landing in Socastee on Dec. 19. During the Monday hearing, prosecutors also submitted video surveillance evidence from Dec. 18 that showed vehicle movement from and toward the Moorer residence, which is only a few miles from the landing, by a vehicle described as being one of the Moorers'.
Moorer told Horry County police that he had not been in contact with Elvis since October, but quickly altered his story when confronted with phone records that there had been contact between his phone and Elvis' on Dec. 18. He told them that he had simply told Heather Elvis to stop calling him.
Earlier in the week, Horry County Judge Steven John denied the Moorers bond, citing the seriousness of the charges, the nature of the case, and the potential penalties that might be incurred as reason to consider them as a flight risks.
The Moorers' attorneys contend that the prosecution's case relies primarily on circumstantial evidence.