Volunteers plan to continue during the weekend combing the Socastee area in their search for Heather Elvis, which already has lasted more than a week.
The 20-year-old was reported missing Dec. 19 after her car was found abandoned at Peachtree Landing.
As of Friday the search had turned up nothing new, according to Monica Caison, director of the Center for Missing Persons or CUE, which leads volunteer search efforts.
However, the reward for information leading to finding Elvis jumped from $10,000 to $20,000 on Friday.
Caison said crews are continuing to search the water near Peachtree Landing. There isn’t a reason to believe Elvis is in the water, Caison said, but searchers are trying to eliminate all possibilities.
The search extended Friday to land based on tips, Caison said. She wouldn’t say specifically where in the Socastee area crews looked to help protect the law enforcement investigation. Detectives are following all leads, but no new information has been released, according to the Horry County Police Department’s Facebook page.
Caison said more billboards went up Friday.
“All together, as of today (Friday) there are 13 billboards up,” she said. “Billboards are very helpful because people may miss a poster or not go into a particular store. Not everybody reads the newspaper, not everybody watches TV. We’re making sure we cover all bases.”
Caison said the reward also could be helpful.
“It’s just another resource that’s well known in the missing person field,” she said. “It’s always helpful as far as getting people’s attention.”
Searchers on Saturday and the rest of the weekend will continue looking in marsh areas around Peachtree Landing, and more land searches are likely, but locations have not been identified, Caison said.
Elvis is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 118 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Elvis’ whereabouts can call 915-TIPS or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Facebook page managed by Elvis’ family, donations can be made at any First Citizens Bank branch in South Carolina under “Find Heather Elvis.”
Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.