Police investigate threat made to father of missing Myrtle Beach woman, Heather Elvis

akelley@thesunnews.com or troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 7, 2014 

— Myrtle Beach police are looking for two men who apparently shouted a threat toward the father of Heather Elvis, a Myrtle Beach area woman missing since December, said Capt. David Knipes.

Terry Elvis told police he exited the rear of his sign shop in the Market Common shopping district on Feb. 4 and saw a jeep – raised “significantly” above its normal height – with two men inside. The passenger yelled, “We already have Heather, Morgan is next,” according to an incident report.

Heather Elvis last seen Dec. 17 and was last heard from in phone calls early Dec. 18, police records show. She was reported missing when her car was found at the Peachtree Boat landing Dec. 19. Elvis’ younger sister’s name is Morgan.

Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said Friday that police are checking into the harassment complaint and have been in contact with Myrtle Beach about the incident, since it happened within the municipality’s jurisdiction.

Heather Elvis’ disappearance case remains open and active, Kegler said. A task force of local, state and federal officers in Horry County continue to investigate the whereabouts of the 20-year-old.

Police receive leads and new information daily about the case, and Kegler said officers investigate each one.

On Feb. 4, Terry Elvis told police he watched the Jeep speed away from the 2800 block of Howard Avenue toward Johnson Avenue and Farrow Parkway. He said he did not notice any type of vehicle registration and tried to find the car but was unsuccessful. Patrol units in the area were alerted and also did not find the jeep.

Elvis did not immediately return calls for comment Friday.

The car is believed to be a mid-2000 model Jeep Wrangler with matte black paint and blacked out rims, police said. The jeep has a “tubular rear bumper” and did not have a license plate at the time of the incident.

Elvis went on a date the last night she was seen in December, but her date is not considered a suspect, Kegler said.

A former boyfriend who, according to a police report, is “possibly violent”, and another man are listed in the police report, but police have not released further details about them citing the ongoing investigation.

Police have collected records of phone calls to and from Heather Elvis and other documents during the investigation, but have not released any such information to the public.

Horry County police last week charged two men with obstructing justice for reportedly posting misleading information about the case on Facebook.

William Christopher Barrett, 52, and Garrett Ryan Starnes, 25, were arrested Jan. 28 and released on $2,500 bond Jan. 29, jail records show.

Police said Barrett began posting misleading information on Facebook about Heather Elvis’ disappearance and “created a community reaction that diverted investigating officers,” a release stated

According to Barrett’s Facebook page, he posted more than two dozen status updates about Elvis.

Elvis last week said he does not know Starnes, but said Barrett has been a friend of his for five years and said he thought his intentions were good.

Police accused Barrett of questioning potential witnesses “in an attempt to gain confidential information about the law enforcement investigation,” a press release said.

Starnes is accused of fabricating misleading information regarding the disappearance of Elvis, relaying it to police, posting it to a social media site and ultimately diverting authorities “from legitimate leads.”

Anyone with information about the jeep or the incident can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1382. Anyone with information about Elvis’ disappearance can call 915-TIPS.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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