FBI: Missing teen was killed in McClellanville area

FBI: Missing teen was killed in McClellanville area

 

By Emily Weaver

eweaver@thesunnews.com

MYRTLE BEACH

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

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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.

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Here is an appearance on Dr. Phil:

 

 

allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen” frameborder=”0″ height=”315″ width=”420″> Here is a story about an abduction arrest that was simlilar to Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance:

 

 

 

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.”

http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/fbi-offers-reward-in-case-of-ny-girl-likely-killed/article_7f773873-ec19-5a1c-af1e-6059094517fb.html

Brittanee Drexel

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.

http://www.whec.com/news/fbi-believes-brittanee-drexel-was-killed/4163641/

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.”

 http://13wham.com/news/top-stories/new-details-emerge-in-brittanee-drexel-case

 

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

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WROC-TV)

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.

http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/announcement-to-be-made-in-brittanee-drexel-case

FBI to hold news conference on Brittanee Drexel case

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WBTW) – The Federal Bureau of Investigations has scheduled a press conference in Mount Pleasant at 1 p.m on June 8 to discuss the latest developments on the young woman who went missing while on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach.

Brittanee Drexel was reported missing 7 years ago on Ocean Boulevard.

Drexel left her home in Rochester, New York during the spring of 2009 without her parents’ consent and traveled with a group of teenagers on spring break to Myrtle Beach.

According to the CUE center, Brittanee was abducted while walking on Ocean Boulevard after retrieving her shoes from a person staying at the Blue Water Inn. When she didn’t answer her phone, her friends called her family to let them know.

Seven years have passed since the phone call and Brittannee’s grandma says she works tirelessly to keep her memory alive.

“Celebrating her birthday as we always did. We never let her forget that we still celebrate and all the people know that we are not going to let this go. We are going to keep it out there in hopes of having some sort of closure whether she’s alive or deceased we still need closure,” said Carol Wagner.

FBI to hold news conference on Brittanee Drexel case

FBI to discuss ‘developments’ in Brittanee Drexel case on Wednesday

drexelJune 3, 2016 12:07 PM

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/crime/article81566387.html

FBI, local law enforcement to give update on Brittanee Drexel case next week

Friday, June 3rd 2016

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MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — The federal special agent in charge of investigating the Brittanee Drexel disappearance in 2009 will give an update on the case next week.

Drexel disappeared on April 25, 2009, while visiting Myrtle Beach. Drexel is from New York.

Family members contacted Friday morning referred all questions about the case to attorneys.

FBI Special Agent David Thomas will be joined by members of Myrtle Beach police, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division, and U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

The update is set for 1 p.m. June 8 at the McClellanville Magistrate’s Court.

Despite years of searching and multiple leads, searches, and persons of interest in the case, investigators have yet to find a trail that leads to Drexel.

http://abcnews4.com/news/crime-news/fbi-local-law-enforcement-to-give-update-on-brittanee-drexel-case-next-week

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