Gov. Nikki Haley told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News on Friday that she has spoken with the family of a missing 20-year-old Horry County woman and received updates from state authorities investigating the case.
Heather Elvis has not been heard from since Dec. 17.
"I have been in contact with the family," Haley said. "I have been in contact with [South Carolina Law Enforcement Division] during the entire investigation, as well as with the police department here on the ground. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and we're going to do everything we can to help this family find their daughter."
... Haley was in town Friday as a guest speaker at the Chicora Rotary club meeting, and made the comments at a press briefing after the meeting. She said it is atypical for a governor to get involved in a missing person's case, and did not elaborate on what help she provided.
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"We try and avoid direct contact because there are so many missing people in South Carolina," Haley said. "This family, in particular, raised quite a few concerns and needed some extra attention, and so we did finally get to talk to them and make sure that their concerns were put to rest. We did everything we can to help them so they feel confident through this process."
Haley said she did not foresee needing to get involved in future searches.