High-profile missing person cases in Horry County


Several people have gone missing from our area since 2007. The searches for all of them continue today.

Kareem Ward, 22, was last seen in Aynor on June 16, 2007. Ward’s car was pulled from a boat landing on the Pee Dee River three days later, but he was nowhere to be found.

Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old from Rochester, New York, disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach in 2009. Her case was featured on many national media outlets.

A former trainer for the Coastal Carolina University football team, Brandon “Peanut” Graves, was last seen at a Sumter nightclub on January 30th, 2010.

In August, 19-year-old Zachary Malinowski went missing in Aynor. His burned out car was found not far from his Horry County home, but Malinowski is still missing.

Most recently, there is the case of Heather Elvis, a 20-year-old Socastee woman who was reported missing by her father, Terry Elvis, on December 19. Her car was found at Peachtree Landing in Socastee, and the search for her has been going on ever since.

“I know that I’m trying to keep busy with it. I know that I’m doing everything that I can think of. But no matter how much it is, I feel like it’s not enough that I’m doing because she’s not home,” Terry Elvis said.

Monica Caison and volunteers from the CUE Center for Missing Persons are helping Elvis search for his daughter, but they’re also still looking for Kareem, Brittanee, Brandon and Zachary.

“You have to just continue to look, and as information comes up, whether through law enforcement or other things in the case come up, there’s always another place to look. And as long as we do that, we’ll have a search.”

Caison said the group does have success stories, and never gives up on any of the cases they receive.


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