Judge refuses to order release of warrants in case of missing SC woman


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CONWAY, South Carolina — A Circuit Court judge has refused to order the release of search warrants in the case of a missing Horry County woman.

Circuit Judge Steven John turned down an appeal to force the release of the warrants in the Heather Elvis case, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (http://bit.ly/1uACq8q) reported.

Local media were seeking the warrants issued in February to search the home of Tammy and Sidney Moorer, who are charged with kidnapping, murder, obstruction of justice and indecent exposure in Elvis' disappearance.

She was reported missing Dec. 19. Her vehicle was found at a boat landing but she has not been found.

Attorney Jay Bender with the South Carolina Press Association says the media will continue to push to get the warrants released.

"Something will be done to overcome the notion in Horry County that courts are secret," Bender said Monday.

Waccamaw Publishers filed an appeal for release of the warrants after Magistrate Aaron Butler refused a request for the records in a letter, saying the release "could jeopardize the ongoing investigation."

John's refusal of the appeal said it was improper because no final order or ruling had been made on the release of the records.

Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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