Brittanee Drexel Missing for Seven Years



ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monday will mark seven years since a Gates-Chili student vanished while on a spring break trip.

Brittanee Drexel was 17-years old when she last seen in South Carolina.

Surveillance video at the Bluewater Hotel in Myrtle Beach was the last glimpse that anyone had of the teenager.

She had taken the trip to South Carolina with friends without telling her parents.

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 **

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 **

She hasn’t been seen since she left the hotel after visiting friends.

Drexel would be in her mid-20s by now.

The case has challenged Myrtle Beach Police since the beginning.

They’ve held multiple searches of the area, but haven’t turned up any results.

Brittanee Drexel family still searching for answers seven years after her disappearance

“Even though it’s been seven years it feels really fresh,” she said as she helped Drexel’s grandfather Alan spread fresh mulch around the memorial tree, carefully dusting off painted stone mementos.

“She was our very first granddaughter. She was very, very close to me and my husband. We took her everywhere,” Carol Wagner said.

Drexel disappeared on April 25, 2009, leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. She had come to the Grand Strand for spring break with friends – who her family said have never helped in her search – from her hometown in Rochester, N.Y., and she did so without the consent of her parents.

Myrtle Beach police continue to investigate leads on the case, but no arrests have been made.

“It’s still an active investigation. Officers and investigators are continuing to actively investigate leads,” said Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

Even though it’s been seven years it feels really fresh. Carol Wagner, Brittanee Drexel’s grandmother

April 24th 2016 Press Release -Brittanee Drexel Missing Seven Years

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Brittanee Drexel Missing Seven Years
Family and friends will gather in two states to mark her anniversary
Wilmington, N.C.- On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm family and friends in Chili, New York will host a candle light vigil on the soccer field at Davis Park 1005 Paul Road Chili, NY 14624 where Brittanee Drexel spent most of her time growing up and before she vanished on April 25, 2009. In collaboration with the New York event many people in South Carolina including family members of Brittanee and the CUE Center for Missing Persons will attend a vigil hosted on Monday, April 25, 2016 at The Market Common Park, 7:00 pm at the tree that was dedicated to the missing girl years ago in Myrtle Beach, SC. The public is encouraged to attend both events.

Brittanee Drexel left her home in Rochester, NY during the spring of 2009 without her parents consent and traveled with a group of teenagers on Spring Break to Myrtle Beach, SC. Brittanee was abducted while walking street side to her hotel after retrieving her shoes from a person staying at the Blue Water Inn. Friends became alarmed when the teen did not answer her phone and advised her family of the hundreds of miles that lied in between her and her loved ones. “I will never forget the call I received telling me Brittanee was missing and then telling me she was not in New York, immediate panic set in as we loaded in cars in the middle of the night thinking I will find her”, said Dawn Drexel the mother of Brittanee Drexel. “Now I sit sober in the thought asking myself if she will ever be found”, Ms Drexel added

Since Brittanee’s disappearance scores of volunteers have participated in searches (to many to count) with the CUE Center for Missing Persons, along side of several law enforcement agencies from across South Carolina. Rewards have been offered, thousands upon thousands of posters have been distributed, all social media sites utilized, numerous public events have taken place, national and local media on every level have helped get the teens story out to no avail.

If anyone has information concerning Brittanee Drexel or her disappearance please contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1300 you can remain anonymous. To learn more about Brittanee Drexel and to find her printable poster visit or visit her website at   CUE Center for Missing Persons (910) 232-1687 or (910) 343-1131
CUE Founder Monica Caison, who has dedicated her life to the plight of missing people and their loved ones; Mrs. Caison became a tireless advocate for the missing after being exposed to the families of missing persons at least three times before she was 25 years old. In 1994, she founded the non-profit CUE Center, which is focused on finding the missing, advocating for the cause, and supporting families left behind. Since its inception, CUE has helped more than 11,000 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives. The non-profit CUE Center is funded entirely by donations, and staffed by volunteers.

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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