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Timeline of Heather Elvis case

Dylan Lowrimore lights a candle in a tree during the second memorial vigil for Heather Elvis at Peachtree Landing on Friday.
Dylan Lowrimore lights a candle in a tree during the second memorial vigil for Heather Elvis at Peachtree Landing on Friday. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

2013

Dec. 17 | Elvis returns from a date, which reportedly is the last time she was seen

Dec. 18 | Elvis’ cellphone pings off a tower near Peachtree Landing on the Waccamaw River for the last time in the early morning hours

Dec. 19 | Elvis’ car is found at the landing

Dec. 20 | $1,000 reward offered for information on Elvis’ whereabouts

Dec. 21 | The FindHeatherElvis Facebook page is created

Dec. 22 | A vigil is held for Elvis’ safe return home

Dec. 23 | Reward money increases to $10,000

Dec. 29 | Executive Helicopters joins CUE Center for Missing Persons and more volunteers search

2014

Jan. 6 | Elvis’ case is shown in a segment on HLN’s Nancy Grace. Dateline NBC features web post on her disappearance

Jan. 9 | Good Morning America features Elvis’ story

Jan. 20 | Reward is bumped up to $30,000

Jan. 23 | A prayer vigil is held for Elvis’ safe return home

Jan. 28 | Two Myrtle Beach men - William Christopher Barrett, 52, and Garrett Ryan Starnes, 25 - charged with obstructing justice for reportedly posting misleading information on Facebook regarding the Elvis case

Feb. 3 | The FindHeatherElvis page on Facebook reaches 45,000 members

Feb. 4 | Terry Elvis, Heather’s father, reports to Myrtle Beach police that a man in a Jeep yelled to him, “We already have Heather, Morgan is next,” according to an incident report

Feb. 18 | A prayer vigil is held for Elvis’ safe return home

Feb. 20 | Tammy Moorer posts on her Facebook: “Enough is enough and today this family will start filing charges against everyone we possibly can. I will no longer feel sorry for you or let ignorance be your excuse. With that being said, we do NOT owe this to any of you, but here are the FACTS! Sidney cooperated with HCPD from the second he was contacted. He spoke with them on the phone, and voluntarily went over to the offices in Conway to speak with detectives in person. That same day I allowed HCPD to come inside our home to take a look around. They also asked to look through our Mickey camper and I granted them permission. In addition, three search warrants were also served. One for telephones, one for surveillance, and one for our vehicle. Both the Moorer house and Caison house were looked at during this time.”

Feb. 21 | Search warrant served at the home of Tammy and Sidney Moorer, 8687 Highway 814, Myrtle Beach. Arrest warrants for Sidney and Tammy Moorer issued for two counts each of indecent exposure and one count each of obstructing justice.

Feb. 22 | The Moorers charged with one count each of kidnapping Heather Elvis

Feb. 24 | The Moorers charged with one count each of murdering Heather Elvis. Later that week Tammy Moorer is moved to Georgetown County Jail for safety reasons.

Feb. 28 | Authorities conduct a forensic analysis at the boat landing as part of the ongoing investigation into Heather Elvis’ disappearance

March 17 | Judge Steven John denies bond for the couple at a hearing. Prosecutors pointed to cellphone records and video surveillance to build their case against the couple at those proceedings. But defense attorneys said the evidence is circumstantial, with no link to tie the couple to Elvis’ disappearance.

March 21 | 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.

June 3 | State officials charged the Moorers 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

June 30 | The Elvis family honors Heather’s 21st birthday

Sept. 2 | Kirk Truslow, who represents Sidney Moorer, filed the motion for a judge “compelling the state to produce certain evidence,” according to the court record. It was unclear what evidence was being sought by the defense attorney.

Sept. 19 | Attorneys for Tammy Caison Moorer filed the motion for a speedy trial because of increased media interest

Oct. 20 | Kirk Truslow filed a second motion to compel evidence through discovery with the 15th Circuit General Sessions Clerk of Court on behalf of Sidney Moorer. The motion asks Nancy Livesay, the assistant 15th Circuit solicitor prosecuting the case, to produce certain evidence.

Dec. 15 | Kirk Truslow files motion for discovery.

Dec. 18 | Family, friends, and community gather at Peachtree Landing to hold prayer vigil remembering one year without Heather Elvis

Dec. 30 | A request to reduce bond for Sidney Moorer is filed

Dec. 31 | A trial date is set for Tammy and Sidney Moorer for May 11, 2015

2015

Jan. 30 | Bond granted for the Moorers. Bond was set at $100,000 on each case with restrictions of GPS monitoring and no contact directly or indirectly with Heather Elvis’ family, Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis said. He also ordered the Moorers to remain five miles from Heather Elvis’ family home, which is about five miles away from the Moorers’ home in the Socastee area. Tammy Moorer posts bond and is released about 5:45 p.m. that night.

Feb. 2 | Sideny Moorer posts bond and is released

March 2 | Greg McCollum, who represents Tammy Moorer, files motion to lift gag order. Hearing is set for March 11, but Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis canceled it because Judge John issued the order.

March 24 | A continuance is filed canceling the May 11 trial start date. It is unclear when the trial may be rescheduled or why it was continued from the previously set date.

April 2 | Terry and Debbi Elvis called a news conference to discuss what the public can do to stem the cyberbullying and harassment facing the Elvis family, friends and supporters. The couple said social media - which was once so helpful in spreading the image of their missing daughter Heather - is now used to attack the family. Debbi Elvis said the harassment began in January 2014 from internet “trolls” using anonymous profiles to divide support on the case and spread misinformation. The threats aren’t just directed at the Elvis family, either, she said.

June 30 | Heather Elvis’ 22nd birthday is remembered by family, friends, and residents

July 31 | Bond modification hearing is set for Sidney Moorer

Aug. 5 | Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson confirms Tammy Moorer will join her husband during that hearing for reconsideration of her bond.

Aug. 6 | Sidney and Tammy Moorer are granted permission to leave South Carolina on Aug. 9 for a job interview in Florida

Aug. 24 | A motion for a second bond modification for Sidney Moorer is filed

Sept. 1 | Sidney Moorer has been granted permission to move to Florida, according to court records

Sept. 24 | A second supplemental motion for discovery is filed by Kirk Truslow, Sidney Moorer’s attorney, asking the prosecution to “produce certain evidence,” but doesn’t state the type of evidence being requested

Dec. 18 | A vigil to remember Heather Elvis, marking the two-year anniversary of her disappearance, is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Peachtree Landing

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