A video from Sidney Moorer’s surveillance system shows him, his wife Tammy Moorer and others vigorously cleaning the family pickup just days after Heather Elvis went missing.
The 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Friday released several clips, including footage of the truck being cleaned.
Earlier this week, Horry County jury found Sidney Moorer guilty of kidnapping and conspiring to kidnap Heather Elvis. Tammy Moorer was previously convicted of those same two charges. The Moorers were each sentenced to 30 years in prison. Elvis hasn’t been seen nor heard from since Dec. 18, 2013. Her car was found at the boat landing in the Socastee community, spawning numerous searches for the 20-year-old.
During the trial, the state presented a video showing several people washing the Moorers’ Ford F150 truck days after Elvis went missing.
Horry County Police Lt. Peter Cestare testified police obtained a search warrant and brought the truck to police headquarters. He said he did not test for DNA because the video showed the family extensively washing the truck and trying to obtain touch DNA or other samples would have been futile.
Cestare said Tammy Moorer spent a great deal of time cleaning the passenger side of the interior of the truck. While the truck was being cleaned, Sidney Moorer had started a burn pile, destroying the towels being used to wash the truck.
The time stamp on the video said it was made around 4 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2013, a week before the truck was taken to police headquarters. Another prosecution witness, Jimmy Shroering, testified his company had examined the DVR removed from the surveillance system and found the time and date on the DVR had been changed twice. He said the video was actually made on Dec. 22, four days after Elvis’s car was found at Peachtree Landing.
Assistant solicitor Nancy Livesay asked Tammy Moorer’s sister Ashley Caison about video prior to the truck being washed that showed her and Tammy Moorer looking around the yard with what looked like a mirror used by security to check under items.
Caison said she did not remember that and never asked Tammy Moorer what she was looking for.
An expert had testified that the GPS system on the truck had been disabled shortly after midnight on Dec. 18, 2013.
Lindsey McGraw said the SD card in the truck’s GPS had been removed at 12:07 a.m. on Dec. 18. The state has presented a series of witnesses that testified Elvis’s car was found around 4 a.m. on Dec. 18 at the landing and her phone had gone silent shortly before then.
McGraw said the GPS module noted when the SD card had been removed but not when it was re-inserted. Once the card is removed, the GPS system will not work, he said. McGraw also identified an SD card found in photos taken of the interior of the truck.
Joyce Aland, who lives on Highway 814 near the Moorers’ home, said she had heard that the Moorers may be people of interest in the Heather Elvis case. She said she realized the surveillance cameras on the front of her house may have video of someone riding down the road toward Peachtree Landing so she called the police to come check.
The state showed a video taken from her cameras during the early morning hours of Dec. 18 that showed a vehicle go by and then return about 10 minutes later. She said her video surveillance system was off by an hour because she didn’t adjust it for Daylight Savings Time.
Sidney Moorer’s trial for kidnapping in 2016 ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. He was later convicted of obstructing the police investigation and sentenced to 10 years in prison for that charge.