I often take the transcripts from the program and analyze for truth and deception. In this case, the withheld information is deliberate by law enforcement, who have boldly charged the Moorers with Heather's murder.
When this story broke, I analyzed the statements of Heather's father, and indicated truthfulness.
I have not had statements from Sidney Moorer, as he let Tammy do the speaking for him, and when Tammy did speak, the blogger did not quote her, only writing that she "denied" involvement, which, for regular readers, means something very different than most.
Statement Analysis is in bold type. Priority is seen within the short statement.
GRACE: Live, Myrtle Beach. As we go to air tonight, two in custody in connection with the disappearance of a young 20-year-old girl Heather Elvis. We learned cops believe Elvis, a victim of a couple, a married couple`s quote, open marriage. But even though these two are behind bars at this hour, we still don`t know, where is Heather Elvis?
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have not located Heather.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sidney Moorer and Tammy Moorer were taken into custody.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Charged with murder.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Cadaver dogs searching both their cars and their house.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The evidence that we located there led to the charge of murder.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GRACE: Out to Michael Smith, editor of Carolina Forest Chronicle. Michael, thank you for being with us. I don`t understand how these two are implicated in the disappearance of 20-year-old Heather Elvis. She goes out that night on a date, nice guy, totally cooperating with police, (inaudible), and then suddenly she`s just gone? How does a couple with a, quote, open marriage, what did they have to do with Heather Elvis and why is there a murder charge?
MICHAEL SMITH, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE: Right. Thanks for having me, Nancy.
Well, in the police records, Sidney Moorer, he`s the husband, acknowledged to having a relationship history with Heather Elvis, and he says in the report he tried to break it off, but police noted that there were some discrepancies in the story, including the roommate who had told police that Sidney wanted to leave his wife to be with Heather. And that, of course, goes against what was on their Facebook pages, which were taken down just today.
It is expected that Sidney Moorer would attempt to deceive police about the relationship.
GRACE: Joining me right now, I`m hearing in my ear, in addition to Lieutenant Kegler from the police department, Terry and Debbie Elvis are with us, Heather`s mother and father. Mr. and Mrs. Elvis, thank you for being with us.
You know, when I`m hearing this, the whole thing just makes me sick. To think of these two in a so-called open marriage?
TERRY ELVIS, FATHER: Thank you, Nancy, for taking the time to visit with us again and help us
keep a spotlight on finding our daughter. At this time, we`re still looking for Heather. It really hasn`t
changed our focuses as a community, and they do have people in custody that have been charged, but
we`re still trying to find our daughter, and we`re still seeking as much assistance as possible to locate
Where someone begins a statement is always important and can sometimes be the reason for the statement. Here the subject makes his goal clear:
"help us keep a spotlight on finding our daughter"
Please note that "our" is used, as Terry Elvis and Debbie Elvis are appearing together. This is the expected.
Note the repetition. In spite of the murder charges, the repetition shows the importance: Heather is not found.
This is the goal.
GRACE: Everyone, we are talking about a missing 20-year-old girl, Heather Elvis. Tonight, two people are behind bars in connection with her disappearance, and I am not accepting, Debbie Elvis, that she`s dead. I am not accepting it. They have not found a body. And these two, now these two are somehow implicated. I was just showing you the picture of Sidney and Tammy Moorer, ages 38 and 41, who claim they have an open marriage. Not for one minute do I believe, Debbie Elvis, this guy was trying to break something off with Heather Elvis. I don`t believe that for a minute.
I agree with Nancy Grace, as per the roommate. Heather going out on a date with a young man may have been a real trigger for Sidney.
DEBBIE ELVIS, MOTHER: I don`t -- since we haven`t been told all the evidence that they have, we really are at a loss to form opinions. We`re just -- we`re still searching for answers ourselves until the police are able to tell us more information.
The two have been charged with murder, but police have not shared "all the evidence" with the family, who then struggle to make sense of the senselessness. They know some, but not enough for a conclusion.
A conclusion is a big step towards closure.
Nancy Grace recognizes this and directly asks, "Why were they charged with murder?"
GRACE: With me are Terry and Debbie Elvis on the disappearance of their girl, Heather. To Lieutenant Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department, Officer Tegler, thank you for being with us. Why are they charged with murder? Why are police convinced, sheriffs convinced that this is a murder case?
KEGLER: Well, we have been investigating the disappearance of Heather for two months, and it`s been day and night that we have been working on her case. And during the course of our investigation, our task force has been able to obtain enough evidence to show that murder has taken place, and as a result of that, we have charged both Sidney and Tammy Moorer with the charge of murder.
Skillfully avoids giving out information.
GRACE: Listen, I know you can`t comment on the evidence specifically, but I know you have searched the home and found disturbing evidence. Is that the evidence that makes you believe a murder has occurred?
Nancy Grace ran the red light and asked again, "is that the evidence...?"referring to the evidence in the home rather than the surveillance tape.
KEGLER: Yes. Like we said, we did a search warrant on Friday, the 21st. And there was multiple pieces of evidence that were taken from the home of the property of the Moorers. And that evidence has been gone through, is still being gone through. As a result of that search warrant, we were able to get enough probable cause to secure murder one`s for both the Moorers.
1. The answer is "yes" to the question about evidence found in the home.
2. The pronoun "we" immediately is produced in the self reference. Please note that "we" did not say before, this should have been "Like I said, we did a search..."
What does the change in pronoun likely suggest?
The subject is nervous about not wanting to give out information.
The subject confirms, however, that there were "multiple pieces of evidence"
This investigation may likely become studied by other law enforcement departments for its successful processing of information that led them, without a body, to "murder one" charges.
It is impressive.
The surveillance tape likely yielded information, but it was within the home that we will eventually learn, that police analyzed and made their bold conclusion.
GRACE: And this hour, our prayers continuing for Heather Elvis. Her parents with us, Terry and Debbie. The tip line, 843-915-tips. There is a $30,000 reward to help bring home Heather Elvis. At this hour, a married couple with a so-called open marriage behind bars in connection with her disappearance, but still, where is Heather?