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.