Myrtle Beach police assign new detective to Brittanee Drexel case

This undated photo provided by the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Police Department shows Brittanee Drexel. The 17-year-old New York girl remains missing after a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach. (AP Photo/Myrtle Beach Police Department) ** NO SALES **



A new detective has been assigned to the Brittanee Drexel case, because the detective who has been covering it has been promoted to sergeant.

The then-17-year-old Drexel disappeared from Myrtle Beach in April 2009 while on spring break from Rochester, N.Y.

The pretty blonde has not been seen since leaving the Bluewater Resort in the 2000 block of South Ocean Boulevard around 8:10 p.m. April 25, 2009. No charges have ever been filed in the case.

Lt. Joey Crosby of the Myrtle Beach Police Department said, “The lead investigator on that case [Det. Steven Clothier] has been promoted to sergeant, and that takes him into the patrol division. Therefore, another investigator [Det. Jeremiah Beam], has been assigned to the case.”

Crosby said the Drexel case is still open.

“Open means we are constantly seeking any and all information related to this investigation,” he said. “We are assessing the information we have currently and evaluating and investigating any new information that we get.”

Crosby said there has been no new information in the Drexel case.

He said a case is not closed until “there is no additional evidence to examine and no resolution to the case.”

He added there is no timetable on that, and no limit on the time a case may stay open.

About the Brittanee Drexel case, Crosby said, “We still consider it active because we are still actively seeking to resolve this investigation.”

New Petition for Brittanee Marie Drexel Investigation

By Cristina Domingues
Updated Monday, November 9, 2015 at 04:52 PM EST

More than six and a half years after she disappeared in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, there’s a new effort underway to find a missing Chili teenager.

Then 17-year-old Brittanee Marie Drexel was last seen while on spring break on April 25, 2009.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department has conducted an exhaustive investigation, but has still found no trace of the girl who would now be 24 years old.

Last week, an online petition was started, urging the U.S. attorney general’s office to review the Drexel investigation. Joel Monts de Oca of Phoenix, Arizona, started the campaign on the website.

“It was really questionable if they did enough for Brittanee,” de Oca said in a phone interview Monday. “It may put a new fresh eyes on this case. Anything at this point is going to help. She’s been missing for six and a half years and we’re still back to where we were when she went missing.”

He says he hopes it persuades the attorney general’s office to appoint an official within the Justice Department to review the investigation to ensure adequate time and resources have been dedicated.

About 2,000 people have signed the petition so far, many of those are from the Rochester area.

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