Horry County couple jailed in Heather Elvis case, facing two new charges

June 4, 2014 

Sidney Moorer (left) and Tammy Moorer

State officials filed two charges each against an Horry County couple already jailed in connection with the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis, according to arrest warrants served Tuesday.

Tammy Moorer, 42, and her husband, Sidney Moorer, 38, both of Myrtle Beach, were each charged with making a false statement on an application for Medicaid and obtaining a signature or property under false pretenses with a value of $10,000 or more, according to the warrants.

The affidavits were served Tuesday on the couple, who are each being held without bond at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of murder and kidnapping in the case of Heather Elvis.

The S.C. Attorney General’s office filed the charges after they began an investigation into the couple and learned that between January 2007 through March 2013, the couple failed to disclose their true household income and financial status, according to the affidavits.

The couple received Medicaid benefits in excess of $10,000 that they were not entitled to, authorities said.

A judge set bond at $65,000 for Sidney Moorer, according to jail records. Tammy Moorer has not had a bond hearing on the recent charges.

If convicted of the misdemeanor making a false application, the couple each faces up to three years in jail and up to $1,000 fine, according to the Attorney General’s office. If convicted of the felony charge of obtaining property under false pretenses, the couple each faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $500 fine.

Last month, Circuit Court Judge Steven John denied Tammy Moorer’s second request for bond on the charges of murder and kidnapping. She had petitioned the court to set a bond saying she is pregnant and was concerned about her health while jailed.

But Donna Elder, a senior assistant solicitor prosecuting the case, said they are unsure she is pregnant because lately she has refused to take prenatal vitamins, be examined by a doctor and take another pregnancy test to confirm it.

John denied the couple bond during a joint bond hearing on March 17.

On March 21, the couple were indicted on the murder and kidnapping charges by an Horry County grand jury, which met the day before, according to court records. That same day, John also signed a gag order, which prohibits any prosecutors, defense attorneys or their staffs and members of law enforcement, who have investigated the case, to publicly speak or release documents regarding the case.

Heather Elvis was last seen the night of Dec. 17 and last heard from early Dec. 18, according to authorities. She was reported missing Dec. 19 after Horry County police found her car, which was registered to her father, parked at the Peachtree boat landing. Elvis’ keys, cellphone and purse were not found in the locked car and she remains missing.

Police charged the Moorers with murder and kidnapping Feb. 24 in connection with Elvis’ death.

During the initial bond hearing, prosecutors pointed to cellphone records and video surveillance to build their case against the couple. But defense attorneys said the evidence is circumstantial, with no link to tie the couple to Elvis’ disappearance.

The couple also each face two counts of indecent exposure and one count of obstructing justice, according to authorities. Bond on those charges is set at $20,000 each.

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