Horry County adding cameras to boat landings

Horry County officials hope to deter crime with surveillance cameras that will be installed at six area boat landings, including one site where a 20-year-old Socastee woman was last seen in Dec. 2013.

Heather Elvis was kidnapped and murdered at Peachtree Boat Landing, according to police.

Grant money will be used to install the cameras at Chris Anderson Landing, Red Bluff Landing, S.C. 22/U.S. 17 Interchange Landing, Reeves Ferry Landing, Enterprise Landing and Peachtree Landing.

Funding for the cameras is from state grants from state representatives Kevin Hardee, R-Conway and Heather Ammons-Crawford, R-Socastee.

Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said the county is still in negotiations and has not signed a contract for cameras. She expects to have a cost of the new cameras within a week. She said they should be installed within about 90 days.

“We hope more funding will become available and be allocated to additional boat landings in our county,” said Ammons-Crawford. The county has 28 boat landings, including the six identified to receive cameras.

Bourcier said a plan for the cameras has been in the works for several months. She said, however, that the cameras are not directly related to the Elvis case, but mainly they are being purchased due to crimes such as “car break-ins, littering and graffiti, as it relates to the boat landings.

Tammy and Sidney Moorer are charged in connection with Elvis’ disappearance and death. Bond has been denied for each of them, but but Tammy Moorer, 42, is scheduled to appear before a judge for bond reconsideration later this month.

Investigators on the Elvis case examined video surveillance from a business and a private home, but there was no video from the Peachtree boat landing.

“Adding the cameras at the boat landings will help deter criminal activity and protect the property and lives of our citizens and visitors,” Hardee said.

Horry County police will monitor the cameras and will use them to assist with investigations of potential criminal activity, Bourcier said.

As funding becomes available, Bourcier said cameras will be added to other public facilities such as the Horry County Animal Care Center and recreation centers, which she said would help protect county property and equipment.