Terry Elvis made an emotional plea for the safe return of his daughter, Heather Elvis, Monday, nearly a week after his daughter was last seen.
Speaking with WPDE in Florence Dec. 23, Elvis' voice shook as he spoke about his daughter, remembering important events in her life.
"I can't explain it," he said. "It's like having your heart torn out, 24 hours a day. No sleep, you can't eat, just the worry, the worry is overwhelming. I'd give anything, anything to have her back safe."
Heather Elvis was reported missing Thursday, Dec. 19, when her car was found at a boat landing on the Waccamaw River in Horry County, just a few miles outside of Myrtle Beach. She had been last seen at her parents house on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Carolina Forest area, about ten miles from where her car was discovered. Her cell phone last pinged at around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Once the abandoned car was found and identified, Terry Elvis immediately reported his daughter missing. A search was launched along the Intracoastal Waterway. Taking part in the search were various agencies.
Horry County police spokesperson Lt. Robert Kegler noted that investigators and officials used boats from Horry County, Myrtle Beach, and the Department of Natural Resources to search the waterways around Peachtree Landing, where the vehicle was discovered. A State Law Enforcement helicopter was also used in the search.
Matters went from bad to worse when Elvis didn't call in or show up for her scheduled shift on Friday. She works as a hostess at a Myrtle Beach restaurant.
According to her Facebook page, she works at both the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in Myrtle Beach and at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.
Terry Elvis himself has been working non-stop with the Center for Missing Persons (CUE) since his daughter went missing. He says his best way of contributing is by printing missing persons posters of his daughter. He runs Elvis Signs and Graphics in Market Commons in Myrtle Beach.
"Christmas is a time for family and we won't have our family," Elvis told WPDE.
"We miss her terribly. Her sister is devastated, her brother is devastated, her mother and I are beyond devastated. Please if you can help, give us a call."
The family said that if Heather Elvis is still missing on Christmas, gifts will remain unopened.
A reward of up to $11,000 is being offered for any information that might lead to locating the 20-year-old. Anyone with information is urged to contact the parents or law enforcement.
Heather Elvis is described as being 5' 1" and weighing 118 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the young woman's location or disappearance is urged to call the 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/