Heather Elvis' family honoring her on her 21st birthday
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's been more than six months since police say Heather Elvis was kidnapped and killed, and now her family is trying to turn grief into something positive by honoring Heather on her birthday on Monday.
The family wants to honor Heather by sharing her story, but this time, they are doing things a little differently.
"There's no outlet for this anger that you feel, because there's nothing you can do, and there's no justice yet, and there's no truth yet," said Heather's mother Debbie Elvis.
Police say Heather Elvis was kidnapped and killed last December. Officers have charged Sidney and Tammy Moorer for murdering the 20 year old.
Despite the help of the community, her family still has unanswered questions. Now they are asking for everyone to come together and remember her life in a new way by putting together a book.
"Her friends, and her family, and everybody who was impacted, everybody that was touched by Heather in any way can write their part of this story," Debbie said.
The family hopes the compilation of her stories will bring back memories, touch people's lives, and teach people about her life.
"I'm hoping to see things that I don't know about her, I'm hoping to learn even more about my child that I didn't know," Debbie said, adding that she also plans to write a page in the book. It will be about when she first found out she was pregnant with Heather.
" I haven't been able to write it yet, every time I think about it, It's just too hard to put in words," she said.
She believes writing and reading the stories in the book will help the healing process, no matter how hard it may be.
"It's very painful to remember things and know that I can't say, 'Heather remember this?' So I'm not sure how much I'll even be able to read at one time," Debbie said.
Once the family starts to put together the book, they plan to share it at every vigil. Even then, the book will always be a work in progress in their minds.
"Heather's story is going to continue to go on, her story is not gonna stop until we know what the truth is and we know where she is," Debbie added.
The family wants anyone who has a story about Heather to come out Monday to Peachtree Landing between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. They encourage anyone to come that has been touched by Elvis' life.
Read the latest on the Heather Elvis investigation and other cases in our area on our Missing Persons page here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/category/277454/missing-persons
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