Heather Elvis' family thanks supporters a month after she was la - WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

Heather Elvis' family thanks supporters a month after she was last seen

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Latta Police Chief is fired, sources say

    Latta Police Chief is fired, sources say

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:35:01 GMT
    The Police Chief of the town of Latta has been fired, according to a town leader.Police Chief Crystal Moore was let go, councilman Jared Taylor told WBTW-TV on Tuesday afternoon.Moore became the department's
    The Police Chief of the town of Latta has been fired, according to a town leader.Police Chief Crystal Moore was let go, councilman Jared Taylor told WBTW-TV on Tuesday afternoon.Moore became the department's
  • Latta council votes for referendum to weaken mayor after police chief fired

    Latta council votes for referendum to weaken mayor after police chief fired

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:36:31 GMT
    Earlier this week Latta Mayor Earl Bullard fired the town's Police Chief, Crystal Moore. Latta Town Councilman Jared Taylor told News13 the mayor decided to fire Moore because she received 7 reprimands.
    Earlier this week Latta Mayor Earl Bullard fired the town's Police Chief, Crystal Moore. Latta Town Councilman Jared Taylor told News13 the mayor decided to fire Moore because she received 7 reprimands.
  • More evidence mounts in case of missing Gaboon Viper

    More evidence mounts in case of missing Gaboon Viper

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:00:58 GMT
    (WCBD) More evidence has surfaced that lead experts to believe that the Gaboon Viper is still on the loose in Harbor Pointe Apartments. What is now only pieces of the snake's skin was approximately 95% of the shed skin when it was found, only missing part of the head.
    (WCBD) More evidence has surfaced that lead experts to believe that the Gaboon Viper is still on the loose in Harbor Pointe Apartments. What is now only pieces of the snake's skin was approximately 95% of the shed skin when it was found, only missing part of the head.
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.  

Powered by WorldNow

101 McDonald Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Telephone: 843.293.1301
Fax: 843.293.1760
Email: news@wbtw.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company