Police charge couple with kidnapping in Heather Elvis case

akelley@thesunnews.comFebruary 23, 2014 

— Another charge was filed Sunday against a Socastee area couple related to the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

Tammy Lorinda Moorer, 41, and Sidney St. Clair Moorer, 38, are charged with kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure. The kidnapping charges were added Sunday, a day after they were charged with obstruction and indecent exposure.

Arrest warrants released by Horry County police Sunday accuse the Moorers of exposing themselves in public between Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 1325 Celebrity Circle and in Conway at Atlantic Avenue and Century Circle.

Warrants further state that Sidney Moorer impeded or interfered with the investigation into Elvis’ disappearance by providing false, misleading or inaccurate information regarding Elvis’ disappearance and their activities in the early morning hours on Dec. 18, which caused the agency to divert resources.

The obstruction of justice warrant for Tammy Moorer is almost identical, but said she provided false information about her and her husband’s activities Dec. 18.

The warrants detailing the kidnapping charges were not available Sunday night.

Elvis, 20, was reported missing Dec. 19 when her car was found at the Peachtree Boat Landing. She hasn’t been seen since Dec. 17.

Elvis remains listed as a missing person, said Lt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.

Police and the Horry County Solicitor’s Office have released little information about specifics of the case.

“We know the public, the family, everyone wants to know what’s going on,” said Jimmy Richardson, Solicitor for the 15th Judicial Circuit. “We don’t want to injure the case. It would be a real travesty at this point if that occurred.”

Richardson said in most instances authorities are able to share more specific information, but said those cases are typically wrapped up. He called the investigation into Elvis’ whereabouts fluid.

Melissa Reine, a family friend who was stationed at a tip tent Sunday, said she hopes the arrests mean authorities are close to finding Elvis.

She said support seems to be at a peak.

“The community has been so awesome,” she said. “It’s amazing the outpouring we’ve had at this present time. I think it’s more now than we’ve ever had.”

The tip tent at River City Cafe next to the Socastee Swing Bridge closed Sunday at 6 p.m. It was set up for two days. Reine said several tips were received and were sent to police.

Both Tammy and Sidney Moorer are expected to appear before a judge at the Government and Justice Center in Horry County Monday morning. The two are represented by separate attorneys, but Richardson said that is a common practice. Attorneys for the Moorers could not be reached Sunday.

Horry County police spent 11 hours at the Moorers home on Highway 814 Friday with the aid of federal and state authorities.

The search and seizure of property at the Moorers home “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,” according to a release issued by police Friday.

Kegler could not say what kind of expert viewed the surveillance footage or what was seen that prompted Friday’s search. He also would not say what was collected from the home.

Details about the financial discrepancies were not released.

The Elvis family has not commented specifically on the arrest of the Moorers who have been the subject of the social media storm surrounding the case.

Terry Elvis on Friday thanked friends and community members who have aided the search efforts and supported the family since Elvis was reported missing.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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