February 23, 2014

2 charged in case of missing woman in Myrtle Beach area

Tammy Lorinda Moorer, 41, and Sidney St. Clair Moorer, 38, are charged with kidnapping, obstruction of justice and indecent exposure.

Another charge was filed Sunday against a Socastee area couple related to the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

Tammy Lorinda Moorer, 41, and Sidney St. Clair Moorer, 38, are charged with kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure. The kidnapping charges were added Sunday, a day after they were charged with obstruction and indecent exposure.

Neither the Horry County police nor the Horry County Solicitor’s Office have elaborated on the details of the charges or how it relates to Elvis’ disappearance, but confirmed that a connection exists.

“We know the public, the family, everyone wants to know what’s going on,” said Jimmy Richardson, Solicitor for the 15th Judicial Circuit. “We don’t want to injure the case. It would be a real travesty at this point if that occurred.”

Richardson said in most instances authorities are able to share more specific information, but said those cases are typically wrapped up. He called the investigation into Elvis’ whereabouts fluid.

The 20-year-old Socastee woman was reported missing Dec. 19 when her car was found at the Peachtree Boat Landing.

Elvis remains listed as a missing person, said Lt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.

Melissa Reine, a family friend who was stationed at a tip tent Sunday, said she hopes the arrests mean authorities are close to finding Elvis.

She said support seems to be at a peak.

“The community has been so awesome,” she said. “It’s amazing the outpouring we’ve had at this present time. I think it’s more now than we’ve ever had.”

The tip tent at River City Cafe next to the Socastee Swing Bridge closed Sunday at 6 p.m. It was set up for two days. Reine said several tips were received and were sent to police.

Both Tammy and Sidney Moorer are expected to appear before a judge at the Government and Justice Center in Horry County Monday morning. The two are represented by separate attorneys, but Richardson said that is a common practice. Attorneys for the Moorers could not be reached Sunday.

Horry County police spent 11 hours at the Moorers home on Highway 814 Friday with the aid of federal and state authorities.

The only link police have made between the charges and the Elvis case is a press release issued Friday that said the search and seizure of property at the Moorers home “was executed in an attempt to identify potential evidence based on new information obtained through expert analysis of previously seized surveillance tapes in the area along with financial discrepancies filed with the state of South Carolina on behalf of the occupants of the residence.”

Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County police department could not say what kind of expert viewed the surveillance footage or what was seen that prompted Friday’s search. He also would not say what was collected from the home.

Details about the financial discrepancies were not released.

The Elvis family has not commented specifically on the arrest of the Moorers who have been the subject of the social media storm surrounding the case.

Terry Elvis on Friday thanked friends and community members who have aided the search efforts and supported the family since Elvis was reported missing.

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