Heather Elvis update: Terry Elvis bounty threat was bad idea

Heather Elvis update: Terry Elvis bounty threat was bad idea

Myrtle Beach : SC : USA | Jan 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM PST
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The father of missing woman Heather Elvis took to social media recently to not only add around $5,000 the increasing reward in the case, but to make a controversial comment that may create more harm than good. Terry Elvis blatantly said that he may "soon have to switch this from reward to bounty for those who may be proven responsible." While it's understandable that this man is in an emotional state over the disappearance of his daughter, making threats of taking out bounties on people could only muddy the waters of an already confusing case.

Terry Elvis did try to correct the emotional post by adding the following in a comment below it:

"Please, understand that this is no way a call to arms or a bounty on anyone, Law Enforcement is working on this case which is very active. I simply state that at some point it MAY do better to switch wording to obtain my daughter, when there is enough proof beyond a shadow of a doubt and no action is taken then we can visit this issue but only then."

So while he explained that he didn't want a "call to arms," he continued in saying that he would revist the idea if police wouldn't do anything about who he'd consider a proven suspect. Again, I understand the emotions behind what this man is saying and in the given situation he's entitled to a certain level of this behavior. However, some of the comments attached to the whole "bounty" status say it all. One woman said simply:

"Say the word."

In cases like these where thousands of people across the country are paying attention, you're going to get people who are hypersensitive and perhaps not that stable in their heads. Making knee-jerk comments that could be taken as encouragement by these unstable folk could lead to something bad. Case in point: The disappearance of Samantha Koenig.

Samantha Koenig was the 18-year-old barista who was kidnapped and murdered by serial killer Israel Keyes, but while she was missing her father was convinced that a young man by the name of Chris Bird was somehow responsible. Because of James Koenig's emotional pleas for attention and veiled threats against Chris and his entire family, many in the community of Anchorage, Alaska pulled together into a lynch mob of sorts who harassed Chris and his family relentlessly to the point that they had to leave the state and relocate around 2,000 miles away. Even though they were all proven to be completely wrong, proven that Chris was no way at all responsible for Sammy's disappearance and murder, only a few have apologized.

Is Terry Elvis prepared for his words to create this kind of situation for someone who may not be responsible for his daughter's disappearance? Hopefully the investigators in Horry County can get to the bottom of this and find who is responsible for Heather Elvis's disappearance very soon before something stupid happens.

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