Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Brittanee, a high school junior of Rochester, New York, disappeared from her Myrtle Beach, S.C., motel on Saturday, April 25, 2009.
Brittanee was on a Spring Break trip with some of her friends but didn't have her parents' permission to be there. Brittanee's friends, who were staying with her, said the last time they saw her was around 8 p.m. that Saturday.
She planned to return to the hotel room and didn't take any of her clothing with her, but hasn't been seen since. Brittanee walked more than a mile down the road to The Blue Water Resort, where a friend from New York and a group of his friends were staying.
Surveillance video captured her entering the resort and then leaving sometime after 8:30 p.m. When Brittanee Drexel's cell phone gave off its last signal, it pinged a cell tower near McClellanville, South Carolina -- a small town about an hour south of Myrtle Beach. Police believe Drexel was abducted and held against her will for several days in the area of McClellanville, South Carolina, before she was killed.
Brittanee attends Gates-Chili High School in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., where she lives with her mother. She frequently visits her father, who lives nearby.
Police have named a suspect in the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel. The suspect was 17-years-old when Brittanee disappeared. In 2016 an FBI agent testified that a jailhouse informant had told them Drexel was kidnapped, shot to death, and then dumped in an alligator pit. The informant told them he was at a "stash house" in McClellanville a few days after Brittanee's disappearance and saw her there being sexually assaulted by the suspect and others. The suspects father was also implicated. The informant said that while he was there, he allegedly saw Drexel try to escape, before he heard two gunshots. Investigators have received corroborating information about the case, including secondhand information from another jailhouse informant. The suspect faces two charges of interfering with commerce by threat or violence and committing a violent crime with a firearm stemming from a 2011 armed robbery of a McDonald’s in Mt. Pleasant. The store’s manager was shot during the robbery, but survived.
Court records show the elder man and his brother, have also been arrested in previous abductions or attempted abductions, though the charges were later dropped in both cases.
The suspects has declared his innocence in the disappearance of Brittanee. The elder suspect had been questioned about Drexel’s abduction and murder after she vanished but denied any involvement. Nobody has been charged, so far.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Myrtle Beach Police Department
Detective Vincent Dorio
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Myrtle Beach Online