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Anonymous tip tent set up in Myrtle Beach to help find Heather Elvis

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The search continues for missing Myrtle Beach-area woman Heather Elvis. She's 20 years old and was most recently seen on December 17.

Her family reported her missing on December 19, after her car was found at Peachtree Landing in Socastee.

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 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.  

Lt. Kegler said the first time the Horry County Police Department Facebook page posted a picture of Heather Elvis with a message saying she was missing, it reached over 32 thousand people.

"There is an influx of tips and social media is a part of that reason but we stress no matter how minute the detail that you may think it is, we want you to give it to us anyway. Let us determine if there is anything to it or not because your small detail may be something we need in order to find Heather," said Kegler.

There is a $25,000 reward offered for information that leads to her location.

There's also a "Find Heather Elvis" fund through South Carolina First Citizen's Bank.

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