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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