Monica Caison leads the Wilmington-based CUE Center for Missing Persons.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Monica Caison, leader of the Wilmington-based CUE Center for Missing Persons, has played a large role in the wide-spread search for Heather Elvis over the past couple of months. Elvis, of Horry County, disappeared December 17.
According to WMBF News, charges were filed Monday against Tammy and Sidney Moorer for the alleged murder of Elvis.
The report states that according to Horry County Police, there is probable cause to believe the two kidnapped Elvis and murdered her at Peachtree Boat Landing on December 18, 2013.
Monica Caison said CUE Center teams always enter a search with the hope the missing person will be found alive. The center and its volunteers were saddened to learn of the murder charges.
"We went into this case fully aware that something definitely happened to Heather," said Caison. "We were very hopeful that she was alive, and I guess we just have to see what transpires now."
Caison said she has spent most of her time in Horry County since Elvis' disappearance. She said because law enforcement officers have been handling the investigation in such an orderly manner, the Elvis case has advanced faster than many other missing person investigations.
"The difference in Heather's case is that investigators had their investigation on-going while the search continued and that's really how any investigation should work," Caison explained.
She also said social media has played a part in making the public aware of Heather's disappearance. Now, the search leader is hoping Elvis' family finds closure as the case continues to develop.
"The one thing I do know is that this case needs a resolution," said Caison. "All missing persons cases need a resolution regardless of the outcome. Families suffer and they need that process to stop."
Despite the murder charges being filed, Caison's team will continue to search for Elvis if law enforcement requests the assistance.
The Cue Center will host its National Missing Persons Conference in March.
Tuesday, February 25 2014 7:19 AM EST2014-02-25 12:19:21 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Tammy and Sidney Moorer will be charged with the murder of 20-year-old Heather Elvis, Horry County Police officials confirmed Monday morning. The murder charge was announcedMore >>
Murder charges were filed against Tammy and Sidney Moorer for the alleged murder of 20-year-old Heather Elvis, Horry County Police officials confirmed Monday morning. More >>
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