Home of suspects in Heather Elvis case was “in disarray and unsanitary” when police searched it

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 12, 2014 

When police served search warrants last month at the home of two suspects charged in the disappearance of Horry County resident Heather Elvis, officers found the home in disarray and multiple guns in the master bedroom where the entire family was sleeping, according to an incident report released Wednesday.

Officers from Horry County police and agents from the State Law Enforcement Division went to the home of Sidney and Tammy Moorer at 7 a.m. Feb. 21 on Secondary Highway 814 to execute the search warrant, police said.

Each of the Moorers is charged with murder and kidnapping in Elvis’ disappearance.

The two remained jailed Wednesday and are expected to have bond hearings on Monday. The couple also is charged with indecent exposure and obstruction of justice in the case.

Police said the Moorers and their three children, ages 14, 12 and 8, were found to be sleeping in the downstairs master bedroom when police arrived the morning of Feb. 21, according to an incident report. Officers noted that one person was sleeping in an oversized chair, while others slept on a mattress at the foot of the bed and a mattress in the walk-in closet.

The identities of the people sleeping were redacted from the report.

Officers also found two long guns leaned against the wall, while a pistol was on the nightstand next to the bed, according to the report. Police noted in the report that “the home was in disarray and unsanitary.”

Aged, moldy food was found in the kitchen, trash on the countertops and floors, and the upstairs area, where the children’s bedrooms were located, was “in complete disarray nearly in an unlivable manner,” according to the report. Officers also noted hundreds of Legos scattered on the floor along with other toys, trash and clothing.

The backyard area also was covered in animal feces, according to police.

Police notified investigators with the S.C. Department of Social Services about the conditions for the children.

It was unclear what items police took as evidence from the house.

On the day of the search, Horry County police took the couple into custody on the obstruction and exposure charges. Two days later, on Feb. 23, they were charged with kidnapping and then the following day the murder charges were added.

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 the murder and kidnapping arrest warrants, 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, 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.

Dozens of searches have been conducted for Elvis, but she has not been found. Horry County police say anyone with information regarding her whereabouts or information about the case can call 915-TIPS.

Police also have re-enacted what they think may have happened to Elvis at the boat landing on Feb. 28. Officers spent several hours at the location to determine tidal flows and how water circulates around the Peachtree Boat Landing to figure out how they might recover evidence in the case.

A prayer vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday for Heather Elvis at Peachtree Boat Landing, according to the Find Heather Elvis Facebook page.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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