Horry County police respond to residence of Sidney Moorer, woman charged

Published: Aug. 4, 2015 at 4:03 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2015 at 4:52 PM EDT
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From our news partner My Horry News:

Sidney Moorer said he heard a noise shortly after 3 a.m. Monday and realized it was someone trying to get in his front door.

He got to the door, partially opened it, and a woman outside was demanding to come in, saying the people in the house should know who she was, Moorer said.

He and his wife Tammy are out on bond, charged with the 2013 kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis. Elvis has not been found since she disappeared December of that year.

Moorer said since their arrest in February 2014 and their release from jail on bond this past January, his family has constantly been threatened and he's had to call the police numerous times for people coming onto his property.

"I didn't know who this woman was but she seemed pretty agitated that I wouldn't let her in the house," he said. "She seemed pretty intoxicated. But with all the threats we've had to deal with, I couldn't take any chances."

Moorer said he told her to leave and he followed her out to make sure she at least went down his driveway toward Highway 814 that leads to S.C. 544.

When he got to the edge of his yard, he noticed a small car lodged between a small dirt berm and a fence surrounding a power company substation just past his house. There were tire tracks going from his driveway, up the berm to where the car had stopped.

"I realized she had missed the curve by our driveway and had wrecked at the berm," he said. "I thought she was just intoxicated and was just confused, not really trying to threaten my family."

Moorer called the police and since there was an automobile accident and a report of someone on his property, the dispatcher sent Horry County Police and the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Before the police got there, the woman had taken off on foot toward S.C. 544, he said.

"We were worried that since she was so drunk, she might walk out into traffic or something so we went to look for her," Moorer said. "She had made a pretty good distance when we saw her with officers from Coastal Carolina University. We told them about the situation and they brought her back to the house and the other police."

We told the police we probably wouldn't press charges for trespassing since she was already going to be in trouble, Moorer said.

But then, while the police were dealing with the suspect, later identified as Brittany Browne of Myrtle Beach, the Moorers decided to check out the videos from the extensive surveillance system that Sidney has installed throughout his property.

The videos show Browne walking around their property, apparently talking to someone on a phone, sitting down for a while then looking around the vehicles on the property before coming to the front door of the residence.

"We thought she had just come to the door from the accident but then we realized she had been snooping around for almost an hour," Moorer said. "I went back out and told the police I did want to press trespassing charges."

Moorer said there have been some terrible and frightening threats made against his family, especially those directed toward his teenage daughter.

"I put up all these cameras to protect my family," he said. "And I want people to know that anybody who comes here without our permission will be arrested."

According to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Browne was booked Monday morning by the Highway Patrol for driving under the influence and violation of the ABC laws. She was released on bond Monday afternoon.

The Horry County public index says Browne was charged with DUI, .16 or higher first offense and transporting alcohol with the seal broken.

There were no records of a trespass charge listed on the jail record.

But according to the Horry County police, Browne was advised of the trespassing charge and given a ticket for trespassing which was turned over to the Highway Patrol who took over the investigation of the case.

The police report confirmed the video showing Browne walking around the Moorer property and apparently trying to gain access to the house.

Source: My Horry News

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