MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A portion of Highway 814 reopened early Saturday morning after the Horry County Solicitor's Office requested State Highway Patrol to assist in blocking the road, according to Corporal Sonny Collins.
Collins said he could not say why the request was needed or who specifically requested assistance.
Facebook users speculated the police presence was related to the case of missing woman Heather Elvis.
WMBF News spoke with Assistant Solicitor Martin Spratlin. He said he cannot comment on the [Elvis] case or what was happening on Highway 814.
Solicitor Jimmy Richardson confirmed that his office requested that the road be temporarily closed. Richardson added that it was connected to the Sidney and Tammy Moorer murder trial. Although, he said he couldn't discuss specifics.
Tuesday evening, the following statement was issued by Richardson:
On Friday, January 16, 2015, at my request, South Carolina Highway Patrol closed portions of SC Hwy 814. The closing did pertain to an ongoing investigation.
Unfortunately, I am unable to provide any additional details at this time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Troopers blocked a portion of the road for nearly three hours Friday night. In addition, WMBF News observed portions of Mill Pond Road and Peachtree Road were blocked by State Highway Patrol.
Drivers were rerouted along Highway 814 while State Highway Patrol blocked the road.
Residents who live on Highway 814, were frustrated that they could not get to and from their homes. One resident, Paul Rousey said there were a few of his neighbors that were stopped by authorities.
"The woman two houses down the street said her husband couldn't get home that night, they stopped him in the road and told him he couldn't come up through here and he said he was going home," said Rousey.
Concerned residents called WMBF News for answers asking why officials were in the vicinity and the road was blocked. Some that live on the road said authorities would not give them any information about how long or why the road was closed.
WMBF News observed troopers reroute drivers away from portions of Highway 814 after 9 p.m.
Residents in the area told WMBF News they understand authorities are working on the case, they just want a warning if it will inconvenience them.
Rousey added, "They have to do what they have to do but there's no sense in them being so secretive, about it; or trying to be and everybody sitting here looking at them."
Authorities have said the Moorer's truck was caught on surveillance video, moving through this area, on the last night anyone heard from Heather Elvis. Neighbors wonder if authorities were doing a re-enactment of that night, and if that's what the orange markings symbolize.
Authorities don't anticipate any further road closures here.