Police continue investigation into Heather Elvis case at Peachtree Boat Landing

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 28, 2014 

Horry County police and other law enforcement officers returned to Peachtree Boad Landing on Friday as part of their ongoing investigation into the Heather Elvis case. Photo by Charles Slate/cslate@thesunnews.com

— Horry County investigators returned to a Myrtle Beach area boat landing Friday as part of their ongoing investigation into the Heather Elvis case, Lt. Robert Kegler said.

Officers were conducting a forensic reenactment at Peachtree Boat Landing where arrest warrants released earlier this week said the 20-year-old was kidnapped and killed.

Authorities released few details about the follow-up at the boat landing.

Divers with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources were in the water at the landing and multiple officers including those from area police departments and the State Law Enforcement Division were at the scene.

“Today we are working with equipment at the boat landing to determine possible tidal flows and patterns that may assist in recovery of evidence,” Kegler said. “We do have divers present to perform grid searches and evidence recovery as appropriate.”

Jim Cook lives in the Wilson Mobile Home Park, which overlooks the landing. He said Friday he has lived there for about seven years and has seen several cars enter the Waccamaw River. Between the tidal influence and the river’s flow, Cook said he’s seen cars carried several feet away from the edge of the landing.

Tammy Lorinda Moorer, 41, and Sidney St. Clair Moorer, 38, each remain jailed, charged with murder, kidnapping, indecent exposure and obstruction of justice, related to the disappearance of Elvis. A bond hearing for the couple is scheduled for the week of March 17.

Tammy Moorer was moved to the Georgetown County Detention Center, where she will be held pending court appearances.

The murder charges against them came Monday, at the end of a weekend during which the pair was arrested and a search warrant was served at their home on Highway 814.

Officials have released few details about what led to the charges against the couple and have said their investigation into the Elvis case continues.

“In the interest of justice for Heather, her family and friends, and the entire Horry County community, we simply cannot risk jeopardizing either the current investigation or future prosecution at this time,” 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said in a release issued earlier in the week.

The statement continued to say information will be released when the risk lowers “as we know it will help answer questions and provide some degree of closure to a grieving family and community.”

Kegler said police continue to receive tips concerning the woman and officers are working those tips.

Elvis was last seen the night of Dec. 17 and last heard from Dec. 18, according to authorities. In a report filed by an Horry County police officer, Elvis’ car was found late Dec. 19 parked at Peachtree Boat landing. The officer called Elvis’ father, because the vehicle was registered to him, to inquire why it was parked there.

In arrest warrants released Monday, police said that on or about Dec. 18, the couple kidnapped and murdered “Heather Elvis with malice, forethought” at the Peachtree Boat Landing.

The indecent exposure arrest warrants for the Moorers, released Sunday, showed the Moorers are accused of exposing themselves in public between Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 1325 Celebrity Circle and in Conway at Atlantic Avenue and Century Circle.

The obstruction warrants also showed 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 authorities 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.

Anyone with information about Heather Elvis or the case can call Horry County police at 915-TIPS.

Reporter Amanda Kelley contributed to this report.

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