Search continues for missing Horry County woman

Independent Search for Elvis and Cross- Part 1

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's been more than a week since there were any signs of 20-year-old Heather Elvis and the search continues for any information on her whereabouts.

A group of five people came together to search for Heather Elvis and other missing persons including 24-year-old Jamie Lynn Cross. Thankfully, Jamie Cross was found safe on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The search on Tuesday focused on the wooded areas along Ronald McNair Boulevard, not too far from where Heather lived, and Jamie Cross was last seen on December 23.

A friend of the Elvis family, Blakely West, says he is part of an independent search and wants to be sure they cover all grounds.

"I knew CUE was on the other side of town the Peach tree, and I thought the more eyes looking the better. It would divide where she lived and where her car was found, and I strategically thought this would be a good area," he says.

The group expanded their search on foot and using an ATV, looking for any signs in the woods or local dumpsters.

A similar search Saturday lead to the discovery of human bones along railroad tracks on Tidewater Road.

Horry County Corner Robert Edge confirms the bones are from a male of at least 20 years old, according to a preliminary report from an anthropologist.  The remains have been sent to Texas for further DNA testing.

West was one of the volunteers who came across the remains.  He says he has been searching for any clues or closure since Saturday.

"When I heard Heather Elvis went missing I've done as much as I can and I think the community members have done as much as they can and are still doing what they need to do to make this come to hopefully a happy ending," he says.

West encourages anyone and everyone to help. The group meets almost every day at 11:00 a.m. behind Ron Jon's to continue to search for any clues.

Horry County officials will continue to investigate but ask if you have any information regarding any case to call the Horry County Police Department at 915-tips, or email them at

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