Horry County police, investigating the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis, contacted authorities in Florida after human remains were found in Volusia County, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said.
“We contacted them and made them aware of our missing person case based on the fact that they have found human remains,” Kegler said. “There is no speculation that it is Heather Elvis and no indication that it is Heather Elvis.”
Gary Davidson, a public information office for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, said in a release that skeletal remains were found Thursday near the DeLand city limits where Oak Street intersects with International Speedway Boulevard. A resident walking in the area reported the remains to police about noon that day, according to Davidson. DeLand is about an hour north of Orlando.
Prosecutors on Monday detailed the travel history of area residents Tammy and Sidney Moorer, husband and wife, who are charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with Elvis, and said the couple’s travels included trips to Florida around the time she disappeared.
Elvis was reported missing Dec. 19 after her car was found parked at the Peachtree Boat Landing in Socastee. Her body has not been recovered.
Brandon Haught, assistant public information officer for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday it’s very early in the investigation and authorities have not determined whether the body belongs to a man or woman or how long it had been there.
According to an incident report from Volusia County, a man was cleaning the side of the road on Oak Street for a friend when he found a garbage bag on the side of the street. When he moved the bag, he said he discovered the human remains.
Kegler said the remains may not be Elvis and could be a missing person from Florida.
“We are making [Volusia County] aware because we do have an open missing person case.”
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said a body left on the side of the road in a garbage bag in Florida could decay rapidly depending on weather and may take time to identify. He said body tissue in an uncontrolled environment can decompose in a week to 10 days. Additionally, he said a garbage bag likely wouldn’t protect a body from wildlife.