Local authorities searched the Waccamaw River near Peachtree Landing Friday in hopes of locating the whereabouts of Heather Elvis of Socastee, S. C., who was reported missing by her father Thursday. The Tilted Kilt hostess' car was found there on Thursday as well, identified by Elvis' father. Although finding the abandoned car presents as worrisome, more troubling is the fact that the 20-year-old woman hasn't been seen by friends or family since Tuesday night.
Horry County police, working in conjunction with other local and state agencies, searched the Intracoastal Waterway with boats from the various agencies, The Sun News reported Dec. 20. A helicopter also took to the skies above Peachtree Landing. The car was found in a parking area near a boat landing. Terry Elvis, Heather's father, noted that the vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Intrepid, seemed to be undamaged.
Law enforcement has been close-mouthed about the missing woman, giving out few details to the local media and the public. For instance, it is unknown if anything was found in Heather Elvis' car that might help in finding her or give an indication as to her condition.
Horry County Police said in a statement Friday, according to WBTW in Florence: "There is no sign that she is in or near the water at this time."
Elvis' father said the last time his daughter's phone was used was around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Adding to the family's worries is that Heather didn't show up for work or call in to the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery on Friday for her scheduled shift.
According to Elvis' Facebook page, she also worked at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.
The family created a missing persons poster and Facebook page, FindHeatherElvis, hoping that anyone with information about Heather Elvis will report the information to local authorities. They have also posted a $1,000 reward for information about their daughter.
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/