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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

The family of a missing Myrtle Beach woman thanked supporters on Wednesday, four weeks after their daughter was last heard from.

Heather Elvis, age 20, was last seen at about 2 a.m., on Dec. 18 when she returned home from a date.

Her locked car was found late the next day and searches began immediately at the Peachtree Landing along the Waccamaw River.

The reward for Heather is now up to $25,000 – with $10,000 of that coming from her parents.

On Wednesday, her family was thankful for the help they've received the last 4 weeks.

"To those of you who have been amazingly supportive with your kind words, thoughts, prayers, well-wishes, volunteering, donations, passing out of flyers, food, advertising on billboards or anything that I've missed, thank you," the family wrote on Facebook.

"Thank you for writing to the different media outlets. Thank you for passing the word along of Heather's disappearance. We cannot begin to tell you how important your part has been through this journey with us. We appreciate you more than you know... and we don't get to tell you that enough."

The FindHeatherElvis Facebook page was started just as search efforts began for Heather and it's now up to 35,000 followers.

The case has gotten national attention, with a segment on the Nancy Grace show on Headline News.

Several electronic billboards were active along the Grand Strand with Heather's image and reward info. Billboards for Heather are also across the Carolinas, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Also, Bill Barrett's close ties with the Elvis' family motivated him to gather as many tips as possible about what happened.

That's why he set up an anonymous tip tent last Friday, which is located near Bob Evans in Myrtle Beach off of 501 by the railroad tracks.

Barrett hopes for similar results to last weekend's efforts, when his team received more than 50 leads about the disappearance of Elvis.

"It has been amazing all the things people have come and given us. Vehicle descriptions, plate numbers, things that they'd seen that there's no possible way they would tell the police," said Barrett.

The goal is to reach people who may not feel comfortable talking to police. Barrett's created a way for them to share their information, and remain anonymous but still receive the reward money if their tips leads to finding Elvis.

"I've already got two leads today, not necessarily leads but guy stops and says ok how about this camera over here did anybody check this one. You know something that is out of the ordinary that we hadn't seen that we can pass on to police to try to help them in their efforts," said Barrett.

A strategy he said that has already collected about 200 tips between Facebook, emails and the tip tent. All important information that Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department said the task force can use to solve the case.

"Following up on the tips, interviewing people, conducting interviews, and going out and talking to people and we're hoping that we come up on something soon," said Kegler.  

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