Heather Rachelle Elvis

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Above Images: Elvis, circa 2013

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 18, 2013 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'1, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Elvis has the following tattoos: a six-inch compass rose on the inside of her left forearm, a six-inch stylized sea turtle on the left side of her torso, an infinity symbol on the right side of her torso, a small ocean wave on the outside of her wrist, and a sugar skull on her thigh. A photo of the turtle tattoo and the compass rose tattoo is posted below this case summary.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Elvis was last seen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at 2:00 a.m. on December 18, 2013. She went on a first date on the evening of December 17 and her date dropped her off at her house in the 500 block of Whiteriver Drive just off River Oaks Drive. Elvis called her female roommate, who was visiting relatives out of state, at 3:00 a.m. to tell her how the date went. The conversation ended at 3:41. This is the last time anyone spoke to her; she has never been seen again.

    At 10:43 p.m. on December 19, the day after she was last seen, Elvis's dark green 2011 Dodge Intrepid with South Carolina license plates was found locked and abandoned at the Peachtree Boat Landing along the Waccamaw River in Socastee, South Carolina. Her keys, purse and cell phone were missing from the car and hasn't been found. The place where Elvis's car was parked is on the outskirts of Myrtle Beach and only about an eight-minute drive from Elvis's parents' house. She liked to go out on the water occasionally, but she never went out late at night.

    Elvis was romantically involved with a 37-year-old married man, Sidney Moorer, prior to her disappearance. Elvis's roommate stated the relationship had ended more than a month before her disappearance, but on the night Elvis went missing, there were several calls back and forth between her and Sidney; the final call was at 6:00 a.m. According to Elvis's roommate, Elvis was upset and crying, and she told her roommate that Sidney told her he was leaving his wife to be with her. Sidney denied this and said he hadn't seen her since October. He admitted he called her at 6:00 a.m. on December 18, but said it was only to tell her to stop calling him.

    In January 2014, William Christopher Barrett and Garrett Ryan Starnes were charged with obstructing justice in Elvis's case. Authorities stated neither man was actually involved in her disappearance, but both had interfered with the investigation and posted false information on social media. Barrett is a friend of Elvis's father and allegedly tried to conduct a parallel investigation and search for Elvis; he denied having meant any harm.

    On February 21, both Sidney Moorer and his wife of nearly twenty years, Tammy Caison Moorer, were arrested for two counts of indecent exposure and one count of obstruction of justice each. Shortly thereafter, they were charged with Elvis's kidnapping, and then with her murder. Photos of the Moorers are posted below this case summary. Investigators believe they kidnapped Elvis and then murdered her at the Peachtree Boat Landing where her car was found. In March 2016, however, the charges of indecent exposure, obstruction of justice and murder against the couple were dismissed. The kidnapping charges were still pending, however. Sidney was tried for kidnapping in June 2016, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict and the case ended in a mistrial. He is awaiting re-trial. Tammy has yet to be tried.

    Elvis is described as a responsible young woman; she did not have a history of dropping out of sight. She is a graduate of St. James High School and had two waitressing jobs at the time of her disappearance, one at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues and the other at the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery. She had been offered a job as a makeup artist at a local salon and was supposed to start work the week of Christmas. According to her loved ones, prior to her disappearance she lived the life of an ordinary young woman; she was active on social media and had many friends. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Tattoos Tammy Sidney
    Left: Elvis's turtle and compass rose tattoos;
    Center: Tammy Moorer;
    Right: Sidney Moorer

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Horry County Police Department
    843-915-5350

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Help Find Heather Elvis
    Facebook Page for Heather Elvis
    WMBF News
    WBTW News 13
    WNCT-TV 9
    The Huffington Post
    Investigation Discovery
    ABC News
    My Horry News
    CNN
    The State
    WIS TV 10
    Horry County Police Department
    People Magazine
    The Berkeley Observer
    The Myrtle Beach Sun News
    NBC News
    WPDE 15

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 25, 2017; casefile added.

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