Emotions are running high in Horry County Monday, just hours after the announcement that a couple at the center of the Heather Elvis investigation have been charged with murder in connection to her disappearance.
A crowd gathered Monday morning outside of J. Reuben Long Detention Center during a bond hearing for Sidney and Tammy Moorer on kidnapping and indecent exposure charges. The family of the missing 20-year-old woman was present.
Among those waiting outside of J. Reuben Long Detention Center was Jennifer Garrett, who has played an active role as a volunteer in the search for Heather. After learning her daughter knew Heather, she says she had to help.
"It's heartbreaking to hear the words murder," Garrett said. "To hear that was final. My emotions went to the Moorer's children [and] to the Elvis family."
As the search for Heather turns into a mission to recover her body, Garrett says she will continue to support the efforts every step of the way. The Horry County Police Department says as of Monday evening, no official plans for a community search have been made. Neither Terry nor Debbi Elvis have commented on Monday's murder charges and developments in the disappearance of their daughter.
Now, a community is left to mourn the loss of a girl they tried so desperately to find alive and well. Community members will be gathering at Peachtree Landing, where Heather's car was discovered in mid-December, for a candlelight and prayer vigil starting at 6:15 p.m. Family friends expect the Elvis family to be in attendance.
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