DNA testing has been completed on human remains recently found in Florida that attracted the attention of Horry County police investigating the disappearance of Heather Elvis, according to a Florida law enforcement agency.

But the findings are creating more questions than answers since the remains still have not been positively identified.

After performing DNA analysis of the remains, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said results of the analysis were inconclusive, and recommended further testing by a national expert, said Samantha Andrews, an agency spokeswoman.

"FDLE completed our analysis and returned the results to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office," Andrews said via email. "It is my understanding that we were not able to make any positive identification."

The remains were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA analysis after separate autopsies were performed by the Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office and University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., a sheriff's office spokesman said.

On March 20, a man walking in DeLand, Fla. found skeletal human remains along the side of a road not far from the I-4 corridor between Daytona Beach and Orlando.

Horry County police investigating the Heather Elvis case contacted Volusia County authorities shortly after the remains were found.

Horry County police have said they can't explain why, citing a Circuit Court judge's gag order, though Volusia County authorities confirmed Horry County police did contact them about the Elvis case after the remains were found.

Sidney Moorer, 38, and his wife Tammy Moorer, 42, both of Socastee, have been charged with murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure in connection with Elvis' disappearance.

The Moorers vacationed in the Orlando area in January, three weeks after Elvis disappeared on Dec. 18, 2013, and six weeks before they were charged on Feb. 21.

Elvis, who was 20 years old when she disappeared, still has not been found.

Gary Davidson, spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, declined to comment Friday regarding the DNA analysis.

In Florida, autopsy results are considered public information, but Davidson cited an exemption in that state's law that he said allows law enforcement agencies to not release autopsy findings during active criminal investigations.

"We won’t be releasing any additional records while the investigation is still ongoing," Davidson said via email. "Sorry, wish I had something more for you, but there just isn’t anything new that we can release at this time."

Andrews, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman, said the agency recommended to Volusia County authorities to work with the University of North Texas and its center for human identification in an attempt to identify the remains.

"They have the technology for these types of cases," Andrews said.

The University of North Texas is where human remains found during a search for Heather Elvis were sent. Those remains were found along some train tracks near Tidewater Road just west of Myrtle Beach in early January.

In July, the Horry County Coroner's office identified the Myrtle Beach remains as belonging to David Matthew Mino, who was 47 years old when he was last seen in July 2011 in the Surfside Beach/Garden City area.

A preliminary report about the Florida remains has been published on the National Unidentified Missing Persons Data System (NamUS) website, which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The NamUS report classified the remains as belonging to an adult. The report couldn't determine the victim's race and gender, nor could it estimate the victim's age at time of death or how long the remains had been there.

Other identifying features such as height and weight also couldn't be estimated, according to the report.

The report did describe body conditions as "not recognizable" and as a "near complete or complete skeleton." 

The body was wrapped in a pink bath robe, curtains and a homemade Mickey Mouse print bed sheet, the NamUS report continued.

A Volusia County Sheriff's Office incident report said a man walking just outside the city limits of DeLand, Fla. found the remains in a trash bag.

"While cleaning the roadway he observed a garbage bag on the side of Oak St [sic] just north of the intersection of Oak St [sic] and International Speedway Blvd., Deland," the report said. "Upon moving the bag he discovered it contained what appeared to be human remains."

Elvis was last heard from in the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 2013 after returning to her Carolina Forest apartment after returning home from a first date with a Murrells Inlet man who's been cleared of any involvement in her disappearance.

She was last known to be at the Peachtree Boat Landing in Socastee, which is about eight miles away, at 3:41 a.m. Dec. 18, about two hours after returning home from her date, according to cell phone records.

Jimmy Richardson, solicitor for the 15th Judicial Circuit, has said he hopes to have the Heather Elvis case tried by the wintertime.


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