Second largest Drexel search wraps up
Sun, 30 Jan 2011 19:43:10 GMT —
For the past two years, the location of teenage spring breaker Brittanee Drexel remain unknown.
Drexel, 17, of New York, disappeared April 25 after leaving the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.
On Saturday 200 trained volunteers from the C.U.E. Center for Missing Persons, Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Georgetown Sheriff's Office, SLED, and the Myrtle Beach Police Department scoured the heavily wooded area. Crews searched with ATV's, horses, dogs, and by foot. They continued their search Sunday.
At the base camp, the Drexel family stayed waiting and hoping for a break in the search.
"It's very frustrating. You don't want to picture your daughter being out in the woods and not alive," mother Dawn Drexel says. "These searches are very physically and emotionally draining."
Almost from the very beginning detectives theorized Drexel was abducted and feared she was in danger. During the first few weeks of her disappearance, police and volunteer searchers with the C.U.E. Center for Missing Persons initiated exhaustive searches.
The main search focused on the North Santee Community in Georgetown County, an area where Drexel's cell phone last gave a signal the night she vanished.
Monica Caison with C.U.E. says if anyone has information, they should contact them, the Myrtle Beach Police, or submit a tip on Brittanee Drexel's website. Tips can be anonymous.
"People don't know what the investigators know. Even the smallest piece of information could help solves a bigger piece of the puzzle," adds Caison.