Prayer vigil to be held tonight for Myrtle Beach’s Heather Elvis

Family and friends will gather from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday for a prayer vigil for Heather Elvis, according to a posting on Facebook.

Area residents are invited to Peachtree Landing in Socastee for the “gathering of those who still support the efforts to find Heather Elvis and a renewal of spirit and hope for those who need want to center their efforts once again,” according to the posting by Terry Elvis, her father.

“This is a perfect time to put aside the past and rekindle friendships, I would like to personally ask that everyone who can come please be there. I have forgiven so many for so much and would love to see the landing packed with people to lift up prayers as one united group,” Terry Elvis said in the posting. “I am also extending an invitation to pray for healing for all family members who are effected by this tragedy no matter which family they are part of. My heart is heavy with so much sorrow and pain, I have seen so many cruel acts and so many hate filled people spewing the foulest language and the worst kind of words and I have no room in my heart to contain the extra weight of these kinds of actions.”

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 Sidney Moorer, 38, and Tammy Moorer, 42, both of Myrtle Beach with murder and kidnapping on Feb. 24 in connection with Elvis’ death.

The couple also face charges of 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; two counts of indecent exposure and one count of obstructing justice.

Bond had been denied for the couple on the murder and kidnapping charges and they remain held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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.