Community comes together to pray for Heather Elvis' safe return - WRBL

Community comes together to pray for Heather Elvis' safe return

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Friends, family and complete strangers all gathered Thursday night for one purpose: to pray for the safe return of Heather Elvis.

No one has seen or heard from the Myrtle Beach woman since the early hours of December 18th.

Coastal Carolina University student Jessica Jubran has never met Heather, but came out to Thursday night's prayer vigil with some friends to offer their support.

"If this was to happen to one of my friends, I would want people to be there for me too,"  Jubran said.

It was an emotional ceremony, especially for the Elvis family.

Close family friend Matt Stoddard says at this point, their faith is the only thing that keeps them going.

"You've got to hold onto your faith,"  Stoddard said.  "If you lose your faith through all of this, you're going to lose who you are, and losing who you are is not going to help bring Heather home."

Law enforcement and search volunteers also attended the vigil.

Jennifer Garrett never met the missing woman, but says she couldn't help but get out and search for her.

"We just go out and spend eight hours, nine hours a day, in all kinds of conditions, any kind of conditions, and just look and search and scream and yell out for Heather,"  Garrett said.

But Thursday night wasn't about the search.

It was about a community coming together in a time of need.

"To show the family that, you know, we are here and we are trying to help you, and we want to bring Heather home,"  Stoddard said.

It's a community that will not soon give up on one of it's own.

"Everybody just needed to come together, and then tomorrow we'll go back out and search again,"  Garrett said.

The CUE Center for Missing Persons plans to continue its searches over the weekend.

There's a $30,000 reward for any information that leads to closure in Elvis' case.

Anyone with information is asked to call (843)915-TIPS.


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