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Myrtle Beach dad posts heartfelt message to missing daughter on New Year's Eve

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Heather Elvis, left, and her dad, Terry Elvis (Facebook photo for Heather. WBTW photo of Terry Elvis) Heather Elvis, left, and her dad, Terry Elvis (Facebook photo for Heather. WBTW photo of Terry Elvis)

A Myrtle Beach dad whose 20-year-old daughter was last seen 2 weeks ago posted a stirring message to his missing daughter on Facebook on New Year's Eve.

 Terry Elvis, who just days ago added $9,000 of his own money to the now $20,000 reward, is "surrounded by darkness" as he waits for his daughter to come home, he wrote in a New Year's Eve message on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon.

 Elvis posted the touching message just as one of three missing area women were found -- and as officials announced skeletal remains were from a man who was at least 20 years old.

 A second woman, 24-year-old Jamie Lynn Cross, a mother from Murrells Inlet, who disappeared on Dec. 23, remains missing in what police say is an unrelated case.

 There was no news about Heather Elvis as more searches for her continued Tuesday.

 Heather Elvis was last seen on Dec. 17 and was last heard from early in the morning on Dec. 18.

 Terry Elvis' post on New Year's Eve is intense and reveals that  Heather's Christmas presents are still wrapped under the tree and are waiting "to bring a smile to her face."

The year 2013 "will not end or move forward" until his daughter is found, Terry Elvis wrote on the Facebook page that was launched soon after Heather's car was found abandoned at Peachtree Landing along the Waccamaw River on Dec. 19.

 Terry Elvis, who owns a printing business in Myrtle Beach, routinely posts new missing flyers on the Facebook page and lists where they can be picked up for distribution.

The page FindHeatherElvis now has more than 20,000 followers.

 Here is his entire message to Heather:

"New Years Eve...
Surrounded by darkness
I am afraid
Of what I do not know
I search for the light to
get away from the darkness that smothers me so.
I stand here with my arms wide open waiting for you to come
back home.
Waiting for you to come back to me the one you call daddy.
You´re nowhere to be found
You´re lost somewhere out there, and I am here in plain
sight yet I am just as lost. I search everywhere, I can hear your voice in my head, I close my eyes and there you are. I reach out into the darkness but find only the void left behind. I cry for your safety with each breath as I speak to God and I remember the times you spoke to him too. I nap if I can but with the phones beside my head. I have a little more of my soul drained each hour you are not here and my heart is shredded from worry and fear. I look now under the Christmas tree where it should be empty but presents you asked for are still there wrapped and waiting to bring a smile to your face. Yes it is New Years Eve for most, but this year will not end or move forward for me as long as you are not here to show me what the new year will bring.
So while those around me celebrate and bring in the new year, I will shed several more tears and only think of you and finding you as fast as I can. Heather show me how to find you, show me how to live again, please please God please I can no longer do this." -- Terry Elvis


Any tips concerning the disappearance of Heather Elvis can now also be emailed to crimetips@horrycounty.org

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