After two months spent searching for missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis of Socastee, S. C., Horry County Police, in cooperation with several law enforcement agencies, served a search warrant on a home close to where the young woman's car was found abandoned. Within hours, two arrests had been made: Sidney and Tammy Moorer, whose house authorities were searching, were taken into custody before noon on Friday. Although officials aren't saying exactly why the husband and wife were taken into custody, their connection to the Heather Elvis missing person case is no secret and the arrests were made as part of the overall investigation.
WMBF reported Feb. 21 that Horry County Police Department, along with the State Law Enforcement Division, the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office, the US Marshal Service, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol executed the search warrant on the home located at 8786 Highway 814, which is only a few miles from Peachtree Landing, the spot where Heather Elvis' green Dodge Intrepid was discovered on Dec. 19.
Horry County Police issued a statement (per Fox News): "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."
Lt. Kegler confirmed to WMBF that the two persons arrested were Sidney Moorer, 38, and Tammy Moorer, 41.
Police have known about a possible Sidney Moorer involvement in the case since Terry Elvis, Heather's father, filed a missing person report immediately after identifying his daughter's vehicle. In the police report, both the husband and wife were named by Terry Elvis as someone the police might want to question with regard to her whereabouts. But it was Sidney Moorer who reportedly had a relationship with the 20-year-old. And it was Sidney Moorer whose phone number appeared more than once on Heather Elvis' phone records in the early morning hours of Dec. 18.
Moorer originally told police he hadn't been in contact with Elvis since October. When confronted with the phone records, he amended his words to include the exception of the phone calls, where he told police he had told the 20-year-old to stop calling him.
The Moorers have been the targets of intense social media speculation with regard to the disappearance of the young woman. They have filed four harassment complaints in the past two months.
Lt. Kegler noted that video surveillance camera footage from the area where Elvis' car was found was instrumental in leading to the search warrant for the house. Without giving any specifics, he said that the warrant followed evidence recently acquired.
As for the Elvis family, they're keeping relatively quiet on the developments, issuing a short statement on the FindHeatherElvis Facebook page and asking posters not to make negative comments.
"We are in constant prayer today and ask that you keep us and those who are working so hard to find answers in your prayers today also," the statement read, in part. "God please continue to hear our cries for justice and mercy, thank you for your grace on those who seek your face."
Investigators in the Heather Elvis case are still looking for help from the public. Anyone with information regarding the young woman's whereabouts are information regarding her disappearance is urged to call Horry County police at 915-TIPS.
There is a $30,000 reward being offered for information that might lead to finding Heather Elvis.