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FBI says Brittanee Drexel was held in McClellanville area before being killed

The family of Brittanee Drexel were at a news conference Wednesday where the FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death. (WPDE Photo)

The FBI is appealing to the community of McClellanville, south of Georgetown, for information about the disappearance and death, of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel.

Drexel went missing from Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009 and was last seen on surveillance cameras leaving a hotel.

Officials held a news conference on Wednesday and announced that Drexel was taken from Myrtle Beach to the McClellanville area, where she was held for a few days against her will and then was killed.

She was last seen walking out of the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard to go back to the motel where she was staying, but she never made it there.

In the seven years since she was last seen, law enforcement and the CUE Center for Missing Persons out of North Carolina have performed extensive searches for clues in her case, or a body.

Her body has not been found.

FBI officials said they have known for a while that Brittanee was dead and just decided Tuesday to announce that fact in order to spur the community to come forward with information.

When asked why FBI officials think she was killed, the lead investigator said, "there has been an exhaustive amount of evidence in this case. The investigators are certain that this is what happened and I can't give you the exact details on that, but we are certain."

The lead investigator later said they do not know how she was killed.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death.

Dawn Drexel, Brittanee's mom, and other family members were at the news conference asking for anyone to come forward with information.

"After seven long years of waiting and praying for the return of my daughter we know she isn't coming home alive," she said. "We need your help so we can find Brittanee's remains and bring her home and lay her to rest."

"Please help us to bring these killers to justice. Help us to put them in prison where they belong for the rest of their useless lives. They will never again take one of our children away in such a brutal fashion," Drexel pleaded.

Lt. Joey Crobsy, with Myrtle Beach Police, said they have been investigating since day one and will not give up. He said they have gotten tips from people all around the country and investigated a number of leads.

FBI officials say they hope that holding the news conference will help them get the last bit of information they need in the case.

"In other high profile investigations that we've done in this state, that the FBI has charged people that we found that knew information and didn't come forward and I won't hesitate to ask the US Attorney's office to do that again in this investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-CALLFBI or the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1000

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