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Heather Elvis prayer vigil set for tonight

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A prayer vigil is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Peachtree Landing for Heather Elvis, according to a post on the Facebook page Find Heather Elvis.

Elvis, who was 20 at the time, was reported missing Dec. 19, 2013, 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.

Family, friends and supporters have held several vigils and gatherings at the boat landing for the woman.

In the post, they ask for prayer that someone will come forward wit information to find Elvis and that court dates are set for the couple charged in connection with the case.

Horry County police have charged Tammy Moorer and Sidney Moorer with murder and kidnapping in February 2014 in connection with Elvis’ disappearance. The couple were each released on $100,000 bail in January following a hearing before Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis in Charleston.

A trial date has not been set for the couple on the charges.

During a March 17, 2014, bond hearing for the couple, 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.

Circuit Court Judge Steven John denied to set bond for the couple on the charges of murder and kidnapping during that hearing.

On March 21, 2014, an Horry County grand jury indicted the Moorers on the murder and kidnapping charges, according to court records. Also on that day, Circuit Court Judge Steven John issued a gag order, which prohibits any prosecutors, defense attorneys or their staffs and members of law enforcement, who have investigated the case, to speak publicly or release documents regarding the case.

The couple also face two counts of indecent exposure and one count of obstructing justice, according to court records.

In June 2014, state officials charged the couple 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, authorities said.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or on Twitter @tonyaroot.

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