A timeline of events in the Heather Elvis case
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:46:20 GMT —
The execution of a search warrant Friday, which led to two people taken into custody in the Heather Elvis case, comes a little more than two months after her disappearance.
Here is a timeline of events in the case:
Dec. 17, 2013: The 20-year-old Socastee woman was last seen at her home after she returned from a date.
Dec. 18: Elvis' cell phone pings for the last time at 3 a.m.
Dec. 19: Her father, Terry Elvis, reports her missing to authorities. Elvis' car is found in the parking lot at Peachtree Landing on the Waccamaw River in Socastee.
Dec. 20: An organized search begins on the Waccamaw River with a dive team, helicopters and boats. Elvis' family announces a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Dec. 21: The CUE Center for Missing Persons based in Wilmington, NC, becomes involved in the search for Heather.
Dec. 23: Two days before Christmas, Terry Elvis appears on WPDE NewsChannel 15 to plead for the public's help in finding his daughter. "We miss her terribly," he says. "Her sister devastated, her brother devastated, her mother and I beyond devastated. Please, if you can help, give us a call."
Dec. 24: At the one week mark since Elvis' disappearance, the CUE Center requests boaters and fishermen to aid in the search. The reward is upped to $11,000.
Dec. 28: Reward is increased to $20,000.
Dec. 30: The mother of another young woman who's been missing from the Grand Strand for nearly five years becomes involved in the search. Brittanee Drexel's mother, Dawn Drexel, tells WPDE NewsChannel 15 she was there to offer support and advice to the Elvis family. "Just to let them know that they have a community out there that is going to be of great support to them," she says.
Jan. 4, 2014: Volunteers set up a tip tent in Socastee near the location where Elvis' car was found to accept anonymous tips in the case.
Jan. 6: The Nancy Grace Show on CNN's Headline News features the search for Elvis.
Jan. 9: Reward is upped to $25,000.
Jan. 17: One month mark since Elvis' disappearance. Nancy Grace speaks exclusively to WPDE NewsChannel 15 about the reason why her show became involved in the search. "I cannot imagine the heartbreak a parent goes through when their child, forget the age of the child, when their child goes missing, and they have hit a wall and they need help. That really spoke to me," she says.
Jan. 20: Reward is upped to $30,000.
Jan. 23: More than 100 people gather for a prayer vigil for Elvis and her family in the Cypress Camping Resort behind Socastee High School.
Jan. 28: Two Myrtle Beach men are arrested for interfering with the case. William Christopher Barrett, 52, and Garrett Ryan Starnes, 25, are accused of posting misleading information on a social media site regarding Elvis' disappearance.
Feb. 7: Myrtle Beach police search for a Jeep after Terry Elvis reports that a passenger in the vehicle made threats about his missing daughter. According to a police report, two men in the car yelled, "We already have Heather, Morgan is next." Morgan is Heather Elvis' sister.
Feb. 21: A search warrant was executed in connection with the Elvis case and Horry County Police take into custody Tammy Moorer, 41, and Sidney Moorer, 38, of Myrtle Beach.