Brittanee Drexel, 17 years old girl disappeared nearly a year ago on Saturday, April 25, 2009 when she was spring break in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with her friends. Police has identified three people in the case of missing high school student Brittanee Drexel. Due to an ongoing investigation, no further information was released about this case.
The case of Brittanee Marie Drexel of Chili will be featured tonight on a cable television show. Her case will be shown on the season premiere of Disappeared on Investigation Discovery (cable channel 512). The show will be telecasted at 10 p.m. She was only17 years old when she was disappeared.
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Neil Johnson said, “Three, possibly four, persons of interest have been identified stemming from tips the department has received.”Dawn Drexel told CBS News’ Crimesider Tuesday she won’t stop looking for her daughter, and says she is “appalled” police are now saying they believe Brittanee is dead, even though “they don’t have a body or remains.”
Johnson said he has little hope that the teen will be found alive. He doesn’t want to disclose name of the people, who have yet to be charged in link with Drexel’s disappearance. He would not say how they are believed to be connected to the investigation. Johnson said, “Based solely on the information we have right now, we do not feel like she is alive”. Dawn Drexel, mother of missing girl, said that she still believes her daughter is alive, and plans to head to South Carolina next week to continue to search for her. “We’re still hoping she’s alive, yes,” Drexel said. “I think it was a little premature and I find it appalling that [the police] don’t think she’s alive.”
Drexel said that the authorities have not given full information about people of interests; she believes they are locals from the Myrtle Beach area and not friends of her daughter’s from New York. “I think that Brittanee either could have been trafficked or someone is holding her against her will,” Drexel said. “I’m hoping she’ll be strong enough to get away or we’ll be able to find her.” Drexel said justice will not be served until her daughter is returned to her, dead or alive. She said, “We don’t have our daughter, and we need to have her back before justice is served“.
A safety awareness event has been postponed by the family of Brittanee Drexel in her honor which was intended to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance citing the reported new leads in the case. At www.helpfindbrittaneedrexel.com, Brittanee Drex’s family announced that they will travel to Myrtle Beach for a pre-planned march and candlelight service in honor of her anniversary.
Video of Arrest in attempted Myrtle Beach kidnapping from youtube: