New search planned for Brittanee Drexel

Searchers and police are gearing up for a renewed search effort for 18-year-old Brittanee Drexel who vanished April 25th from Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

The CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, NC, led the search in May and is organizing a new search for the weekend of October 16th.

The organization's founder Monica Caison said cadaver dogs, a mounted horse patrol, ATVs and foot searchers will scour areas in Georgetown County near the North Santee Community.

Myrtle Beach Police think Drexel's cell phone ended up somewhere in that vicinity the night she went missing. It has not been recovered.

Drexel, then 17, was last seen leaving the Blue Water Resort around 8:15 p.m. when surveillance video caught her walking out. Police say she was heading back to the Bar Harbour Hotel to meet up with friends.

Drexel is from Rochester, NY, and she turned 18 on Wednesday -- nearly six months after vanishing.

Lead Detective Not Giving Up

The lead detective on the case, Cpl. Vincent Dorio, says the case is being investigated daily and that leads come in weekly.

"We're still actively going over every lead, reevaluating everything we've done to date to see if we've possibly missed something. It's still an active investigation."

Dorio said finding the cell phone is still a top priority, but other things are being pursued just as heavily, though he would not divulge more.

Dorio has said in the past that Drexel's case was most likely an abduction, and as more time goes by, the more likely that theory becomes.

"She's been missing this long. I was hoping to have discovered she was a runaway, but it doesn't look like that," Dorio said Wednesday afternoon, though he stressed, anything is possible at this point.

Dorio hopes the public may generate leads, and he asks anyone who saw anything -- however insignificant -- to come forward.

"There's going to be one person out there who may not realize they saw something important, but they may actually have something that puts this all together."

There are two tip lines that have been set up where anonymous information can be called in.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department: 843-918-1963

CUE Center for Missing Persons: 910-232-1687

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