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Myrtle Beach woman arrested after crash outside home of couple charged in Heather Elvis case

Brittany Michelle Browne
Brittany Michelle Browne

A 25-year-old Myrtle Beach woman was arrested after Horry County authorities learned she crashed her vehicle and walked around the property of Sidney and Tammy Moorer, the couple charged in Heather Elvis case.

Brittany Michelle Browne, 25, was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 10:26 a.m. Monday on charges of driving under the influence and violation of ABC law, according to jail records. She was released at 5:17 p.m. Monday on $2,767 bail.

Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol issued those charges against Browne, according to jail records. Troopers could not be immediately reached Tuesday for comment. Horry County police cited Browne with trespassing and county officers turned over the investigation to troopers, according to the report.

Horry County police responded just before 3 a.m. Monday to a call about a suspicious woman at the Moorer’s property along Secondary Highway 814.

Before the officer arrived, dispatchers told him that a Coastal Carolina University officer had found Browne walking north on S.C. 544 and detained her, according to the report. Officers spoke to Sidney Moorer and learned Brown had crashed her vehicle at 2:17 a.m. near his property.

Moorer, who along with his wife, Tammy Moorer, were charged with murder and kidnapping by Horry County police in February 2014 in connection with Elvis’ disappearance.

They were each released in January on $100,000 bail pending their trial, which was set for May, but was postponed. A new trial date has not been set.

Sidney Moorer told Horry County police he had reviewed his home surveillance tape and saw Browne crash her car near his property then pick up pieces of the vehicle, according to the report. Browne then went through Sidney Moorer’s truck bed near his front door.

He told police that at one point on the video it appeared that Browne tried to break into his home, according to the report. The officer watched the video and saw Browne walking on the property and to her vehicle.

Browne woke him when she was at his front door, Moorer told police. He asked her who she was and she told him her name and then walked down the road, according to the report. Browne was on the property for about 45 minutes.

Sidney Moorer is set to return to court Thursday for a bond hearing on a motion to modify some of his conditions.

Tonya Root: 843-444-1723, @tonyaroot

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