Missing teen was abducted, gang-raped, shot and fed to alligators, FBI says



FBI agent Gerrick Munoz recently testified that several people who claim to have witnessed Drexel’s death have come forward, WMBF reports.

Munnoz testified in a detention hearing that Timothy De’Shaun Taylor is one of the main suspects in Drexel’s disappearance. Taylor is being held in an unrelated case involving a robbery in 2011.

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Timothy De'Shaun Taylor

Timothy De’Shaun Taylor

Inmate Taquan Brown told authorities that he was present at the stash house when Drexel was killed, according to court records.

Brown reportedly told Munoz that he saw Taylor, who was 16 at the time, and several others sexually abuse Drexel at the stash house, WMBF reported. Brown also said that at one point, Drexel tried to run away and was pistol whipped.

Brown said he heard two shots and assumed Drexel was killed. Munoz testified that several witnesses said Drexel’s body was then put into an alligator pit so it could be eaten.

Munoz said several alligator ponds were searched but nothing was found.

Another unidentified inmate corroborated that account, Munoz testified. That inmate told Munoz that Drexel was abducted by Taylor and she was in a “human trafficking situation.”

The inmate said “it became a problem” when there was media coverage about Drexel’s disappearance and she was then “murdered and disposed of.”

No charges have been filed.

Missing teen was abducted, gang-raped, shot and fed to alligators, FBI says

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Brittanee Drexel, teen who vanished in 2009, was raped, shot, eaten by alligators, FBI says

Published August 28, 2016

A teenager who vanished from Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2009 was repeatedly raped in a gang “stash house” for several days – then she was shot dead and fed to alligators when her disappearance generated too much media attention, the FBI said last week.

The shocking new details about the mysterious disappearance of 17-year-old Rochester, N.Y., native Brittanee Drexel came largely from a “jailhouse confession” that was subsequently substantiated by others with “tidbits” and “secondhand information,” FBI Agent Gerrick Munoz testified in a federal court transcript obtained by The Post and Courier.

The inmate who gave the alleged bombshell confession, Taquan Brown, is serving a 25-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter in a different case. Brown told authorities he was present during the final agonizing moments of Drexel’s life, Munoz said.

Brown claimed to have seen Drexel when he visited a “stash house” – typically a place used to keep guns, drugs or money – in the McClellanville area, the general location where Drexel’s cellphone last pinged.

Munoz said Brown told officials he saw Da’Shaun Taylor, then 16 years old, and several other men “sexually abusing Brittanee Drexel.” Brown then said he walked to the backyard of the house to give money to Taylor’s father, Shaun Taylor. But as Brown and Shaun Taylor talked, Drexel tried to make a break for it. Her escape attempt was in vain, however, and one of the captors “pistol-whipped” Drexel and carried her back inside the house. Brown said he then heard two gunshots. The next time Brown said he saw Drexel, her body was being wrapped up and removed from the house.

Drexel’s body has never been found, but Munoz said “several witnesses” have told investigators she was dumped in an unspecified McClellanville pond teeming with alligators.

Drexel was last captured on video on April 25, 2009, leaving the Blue Water Hotel in Myrtle Beach, where she was staying against her parents’ permission. A different inmate serving time at Georgetown County Jail told officials he was informed Da’Shaun Taylor picked Drexel up in Myrtle Beach and transported her to McClellanville.

Munoz said the FBI believes Taylor “showed her off, introduced her to some other friend that were there…they ended up tricking her out with some of their friends, offering her to them and getting a human trafficking situation.”

As the media spotlight grew ever brighter on the desperate efforts to find Drexel, the girl was “murdered and disposed of,” Munoz said.

Munoz’s testimony was part of a bond hearing for a federal charge against Da’Shaun Taylor, now 25, stemming from a 2011 robbery of a McDonald’s. Taylor had previously confessed to being the getaway driver for the holdup, cooperated with South Carolina authorities and completed probation. But prosecutors are now trying to bring federal charges and, if convicted of the new charges, Taylor could face a life sentence.

Taylor’s attorney contended the federal charges are a naked attempt to “squeeze” Taylor for information on the Drexel case. Asked by Magistrate Judge Mary Gordon Baker about “the real reason” for the charges and if they had to do with Drexel’s disappearance, Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston Holliday said “that would be one” reason.

Taylor was released after posting $10,000 bail.

The FBI declined to discuss Munoz’s testimony or any aspect of the Drexel case with The Post and Courier.



Suspects identified in Brittanee Drexel disappearance

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A suspect or suspects have been identified in the disappearance and murder of Brittanee Drexel.

Brad Conway, an attorney for the Drexel family said he’s been told a suspect or suspects have been named in the case, but he declined to release any details.

Drexel vanished from Myrtle Beach in April, 2009 during Spring break.

Just a few weeks ago, the FBI announced they believe Drexel is dead.

Authorities say the 17-year old supposedly was heading back to the motel where she was staying, but never made it there.

Myrtle Beach Police are looking into the possibility Drexel was the victim of human trafficking.

“We’ll look into it. Yes sir, we’ll keep all of our options open,” police spokesman Lt. Joey Crosby said.

According to police, the last person to see Drexel before she disappeared was another friend of hers from Rochester, Peter Brozowitz.

Cops say Brozowitz and four of his friends stayed at the Bluewater Hotel on Ocean Boulevard. The four friends told police that they met Brittanee briefly at a nightclub, but didn’t know her.

Police say the next day Drexel met all five on the beach near the Bluewater. She then came back to their room that night for about ten minutes.

Police say the teen then left to go back to her motel to return some clothing to a friend.

That’s the last time anyone saw her.

Police interviewed Brozowitz and his friends after Brittanee went missing. Crosby said at this point, none of the friends are suspects.

As part of our investigation we wanted to talk to Brozowitz.

We found his profile on Facebook and a phone number. When we called Brozowitz he said he wasn’t interested in speaking about the case.

The FBI says they have evidence Drexel was held against her will in three places, Georgetown, McClellanville and North Charleston.

It was in McClellanville where investigators say her cell phone pinged on a cell tower.

“Forensic evidence from text messages, from cellphones, all kinds of information that we’ve evaluated,” Crosby said. “The information that we have, that we’ve obtained through the course of this investigation, we do feel like she is deceased.”

Crosby said investigators need one key piece of information to make an arrest.

It’s something police don’t want to talk about yet.

“If I release that one piece of information that could be that only we and the suspect know, that’s a vital piece of information that could be utilized in court for a conviction and to release that at this point could be detrimental to this entire investigation,” Crosby said.

Anyone with information on the Drexel case should call (800) Call-FBI.


FBI: Missing teen was killed in McClellanville area

FBI: Missing teen was killed in McClellanville area


By Emily Weaver



The case of a New York teen who went missing while on vacation in Myrtle Beach seven years ago is now being investigated as a murder.

David Thomas, a special agent in charge with the Columbia FBI office, said that the agency believes 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel was held against her will in the McClellanville area for several days before she was killed. Officers would not say whether the remains of Drexel were ever found or exactly why they believe she is no longer alive.
It’s not a gravestone but a memorial in honor of Britanee Drexel, the New York teen who went missing seven years ago in Myrtle Beach. The FBI on Wednesday said she is no longer considered missing – that they think she was killed. Janet Blackmon Morgan THE SUN NEWS

Investigators also wouldn’t comment on whether or not sex trafficking may have been involved in the case, but Thomas did say they believe she was seen by more than one person while she was in the area.

At a press conference in McClellanville on Wednesday, Thomas said the FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information that can lead them to Drexel’s killer.

An attorney for the Drexel family, Bradley Conway, said that the family didn’t learn that Brittanee Drexel had been killed until they were told by officers on Tuesday. Conway said the last few days have been real hard for the family, who declined to talk to the media after the conference.

The family previously told The Sun News Drexel came to Myrtle Beach without the knowledge or permission of her parents on a spring break trip with a group of friends. She was last seen by her friends on April 25, 2009, when leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article82536547.html#storylink=cpy

Missing Teen’s Death Now Officially a Homicide

Missing Teen’s Death Now Officially a Homicide


Brittanee Drexel Held For Five Days Against Her Will Before Murder


Posted June 9th, 2016 @ 6:27am

My heart sank when I heard the news yesterday about Brittanee Drexel. I was a reporter when the 17-year-old went missing and interviewed her family a number of times. They never gave up hope. The F.B.I. announced yesterday that Drexel was held against her will and murdered more than 50 miles from Myrtle Beach. Chad Drexel, Brittanee’s father, said investigators told him after Brittanee was seen leaving a hotel in Myrtle Beach on a Saturday night, she somehow traveled an hour south and was held for five days, until the following Wednesday. Drexel said investigators believe people came into contact with Brittanee while she was here – people who may be hiding something, or people who did not even realize what they saw. “There’s probably more than one person who knows more than I know,” he said. “That’s why I’m so upset and emotional.” Billboards with Brittanee’s picture are up, and the F.B.I. is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. I hope they find her body and make an arrest so that her family can have closure. I know they will never get over this loss, but I hope investigators find her body and make an arrest so that her family can have closure.

Here was an investigative special that aired on TV:





Here is an appearance on Dr. Phil:



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FBI offers reward in ’09 case of NY girl likely killed in SC

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Seven years after a teen from upstate New York disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, the case is now considered a homicide and a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction, the FBI said Wednesday.

Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, New York, was 17 when she was last seen leaving a beachfront hotel in April 2009 in video recorded on a surveillance camera.

The investigation indicates Drexel was likely held against her will and killed in the vicinity of McClellanville, a fishing hamlet about 60 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, said FBI South Carolina Special Agent in Charge David Thomas. Drexel’s cellphone transmitted its last known signal the day after she disappeared near the South Santee River, about 15 miles outside McClellanville.

Thomas said the teen was probably in the area for several days, and he urged anyone with information to come forward.

“After seven long years of waiting and praying for the return of my daughter, we know she isn’t coming home alive,” Dawn Drexel, the missing woman’s mother, told reporters. “Brittanee’s life was stolen from her in a brutal and senseless fashion. I need your help in bringing the people responsible for her death to justice.”

The investigation for years has been handled as a missing-person case.

Although authorities have believed for some time that Brittanee was probably dead, they didn’t say so earlier “in the interest of trying to protect the parents and … maintain hope that we could still bring her back alive.”

Asked if anything has changed in recent weeks that prompted the news conference, Thomas said, “We think we are at the point where one or two small pieces of information could put us over the edge. We’re reaching out to those people that may have information.”


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FBI believes Brittanee Drexel was held against her will then killed

June 08, 2016 06:08 PM

Brittanee DrexelFBI officials released new details on Wednesday in the case of missing Chili teen Brittanee Drexel.

Agents now say they believe Brittanee was in the McClellanville area for several days after last being seen by friends in Myrtle Beach in 2009. They also say they believe she was held captive and later killed.

“We think she was held against her will — at least for a portion of the time she was here,” says Special Agent David Thomas.

Brittanee Drexel went missing on April 25, 2009 while on a trip in Myrtle Beach for Spring Break. At the press conference, the FBI shed important new light on the disappearance and a better timeline of her whereabouts is beginning to emerge.


Brittanee Drexel’s father addresses new details in case

Brittanee DrexelMyrtle Beach, S.C. – Wednesday’s briefing by the F.B.I. brought forward new details in the case surrounding Brittanee Drexel.

With her parents at their side, investigators said Brittanee, who was 17 years old when she went to Myrtle Beach with a group of friends in 2009, was held against her will and killed.

Speaking at Wednesday’s announcement, it was difficult for Brittanee’s parents to hide their emotions.

Chad Drexel, Brittanee’s father, said that finding out his daughter was killed dozens of miles from Myrtle Beach was a major surprise. He said investigators told him after Brittanee was seen leaving a hotel in Myrtle Beach on a Saturday night, she somehow traveled an hour south and was held for five days, until the following Wednesday.

“There’s a lot more to disclose than we can say,” Mr. Drexel told 13WHAM. “What Dawn and I do want out is that we want help from that community down there.”

Mr. Drexel said investigators believe people came into contact with Brittanee while she was here – people who may be hiding something, or people who did not even realize what they saw.

“There’s probably more than one person who knows more than I know,” he said. “That’s why I’m so upset and emotional.”

Billboards with Brittanee’s picture are up, and the F.B.I. is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

For Mr. Drexel, one of the most important goals is to bring Brittanee home.

“There’s a sense of closure,” he said. “We are only able to say so much because we are close to getting that someone to say one more thing. That’s all we need.”



Announcement to be made in Brittanee Drexel case

The teen went missing in Myrtle Beach in 2009

Published 06/03 2016 12:36PM

Updated 06/03 2016 05:29PM


The FBI has announced they will be holding a press conference to discuss the latest developments in the case of Brittanee Drexel.

FBI SAC David Thomas, Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall, Charleston County Sheriff J. Al Cannon Jr., Berkeley County Sheriff S. Duane Lewis, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, and U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles will be in South Carolina at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 to discuss the case.

Drexel, who is from Chili was seventeen when she disappeared on April 25, 2009 during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. She went on the trip without her parents’ consent.

Myrtle Beach Police confirmed that they’ll meet with Drexel’s parents before the news conference to brief them. When asked if there was any kind of development in the case, Lt. Doug Furlong replied, “We have an update.”

Brad Conway, an attorney from Orlando, Florida, confirmed he has been retained by Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Drexel. Conway previously represented Casey Anthony’s parents in the trial of their daughter over the death of two year old Caylee Anthony.


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