Inside the Search for Brittanee Drexel

01/09/10 6:27 pm | reporter: Renee Williams

McClellanville, SC - Eight months after a New York teen disappeared in Myrtle Beach, search crews are back in Charleston County looking for Brittanee Drexel. Down a road in McClellanville, dozens of strangers are looking for one person. Eight months and several searches later there is no sign of the teen who would now be 18 years old. “We can’t forget her,” Brittanee’s grandmother Carol Wagner said. The outgoing soccer player disappeared from Myrtle Beach while on vacation with her friends.
“We know she didn’t disappear off the face of the earth,” Dawn Drexel, Brittanee’s mother said. “Whoever hurt her or did something to her, no one has come forward.” The search is not letting up. At least ten agencies from multiple states are out in the Georgetown and McClellanville area this weekend looking for the girl. Officials covered more than 230 acres on Saturday. There have been many leads and few clues. Monica Caison, the Executive Director of the CUE Center for Missing Persons has been looking for Brittanee since she vanished. “We returned to Seven Mile Road (in McClellanville) because this has always been a point of interest for Brittanee’s cell phone,” she explained. “The cadaver dogs are out here to seek out any human remains. We have horse teams because they can see farther ahead over ditch banks and high bushes.” Time is ticking and each day that slips by could be missed opportunity, but the group remains hopeful. “As her mother said, she does not want someone stumbling through the woods that wasn’t even looking to find her daughter. She wants someone to find her daughter with dignity,” Caison added. “We’re never giving up on Brittanee,” Keri Drexel, the teen’s aunt, said. “We love her dearly and we miss her dearly.” Officials are still testing a pair of sunglasses that were found near the Santee River. They have not determined if they belong to Drexel. For more information on the search for Brittanee

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