Volunteers are leaving no stone unturned in their search for a young woman who disappeared more than two weeks ago.
Heather Elvis, 20, of Carolina Forest, still had not been found as of this posting.
Elvis was last seen entering her River Oaks apartment sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. Dec. 18, according to an Horry County police report.
Her vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Intrepid last seen in her driveway at White River Drive at that time, was found Dec. 19 at the Socastee boat landing off Peachtree Road, the report said.
Banners bearing Elvis’ likeness now hang by the train tracks at River Oaks Drive. Several businesses continue to pass out missing persons fliers and a Facebook page – “Findheatherelvis” – remains active.
A tent will be set up at River City Café by the Socastee swing bridge from 5 p.m. Jan. 3 to 11 p.m. Jan. 5 for the purpose of accepting anonymous, no-questions asked leads. Flyers will be available for pickup.
The reward for information leading to Elvis' whereabouts has been increased to $25,000.
Volunteers were busy scouring the vicinity of Tidewater Road as of this posting, and additional searches were planned over the weekend.
The Center for Missing Persons (CUE) still needs volunteers, but anyone wishing to help find Elvis must first register with CUE. Click here to register online.
Meantime, an email address to submit tips remains active. Citizens can email any information to email@example.com or by calling 915-TIPS (8477).
“Any information, as minute as people think it may be, might be what we need,” said Lt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for Horry County police.
Elvis is one of several women who were reported missing in the final weeks of 2013. The other missing women have since been found.
Most recently, Horry County police verified that Jamie Lynn Cross, 24, had been located and was safe. Detectives determined that no crime occurred, according to a post to the HCPD Facebook page.
Kegler said officers made contact with Cross by telephone on Jan. 2. Kegler said an officer then met with Cross in person to verify that she was safe.
Cross had been missing since Dec. 23. Kegler said she didn’t know people were looking for her and noted that she isn’t facing any charges.
“She obviously being 24 [years old] can leave as she chooses to and was unaware of what was going on,” Kegler said.
A police report filed Christmas Day said Cross, 24, was last seen two days before Christmas at her home on Ronald McNair Boulevard near Myrtle Beach.
She told an acquaintance she was going to dinner with a third person identified in the report as 31-year-old Conway man.
Read more about this developing story in the Jan. 9 editions of the Carolina Forest Chronicle and Horry Independent.