Volunteers wanted in weekend searches for missing persons

Published: Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:49 PM EST
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Source: Brennan Somers
Source: Brennan Somers
Source: Brennan Somers
Source: Brennan Somers

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The search continues for missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis. To this point, the Horry County Police Department and CUE Center have conducted searches without asking for community volunteers to assist, though many people have expressed interest in doing so.

According to the Facebook page FindHeatherElvis, there will be searches for the missing woman this weekend the community can sign up to participate in.

The searches will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The group will meet at Tidewater Road off Highway 501.

From Friday night through Sunday night, volunteers are staging at the River City Cafe to accept anonymous tips from anyone who doesn't want to call the police.

Olive Garden is also stepping up to host a fundraiser to pay for supplies and add to the reward for information. That fundraiser will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 at the First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach.

On Friday, about 50 volunteers showed up to help search.

The search will be expanding into the area where human remains belonging to a 20-year-old male were found recently by a search team looking for Heather Elvis. While police are still working to identify who he may be, the CUE center is hoping to find other clues for other missing persons cases in the county.

This includes Zack Malinowski, a 19-year-old last seen in Aynor in August of 2013. His step-dad is joining the search team, saying he feels like he needs to give back to those who helped his family look for Zack after he disappeared.

"The actual peace of mind you get for seeing boots on the ground, going through the woods, going through the water. The lengths they go through…this is the peace of mind you can receive," said Lonnie Jordan, Zack's step-dad.

He was with the CUE center this evening as they began to scout the area by Tidewater Road.

"Scouting is seeing what resources you can put through a certain area like you can't put a horse through here but you could put ground support or ATVs so its really just taking notes," explained Monica Caison with the CUE Center.

Anyone planning to participate in the search must fill out an application prior to showing up any of the days. Applications are here: http://www.ncmissingpersons.org/volunteer-online-2/

On search days, you must also bring a valid photo ID with you each morning you participate.

The pages ask that no one forms independent search teams. 

You are asked to dress appropriately in outdoor boots, long pants and rain gear.

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