Brittanee M Drexel **  NY & SC  *   2009

Brittanee Marie Drexel

Above Images: Drexel, circa 2009

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 25, 2009 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 7, 1991
Age: 17
Height: 5'0"
Weight: 103 lbs
Hair Color: Brown with blonde highlights
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female

Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears and nose
scar on left inner thigh
Clothing: White, black, teal and gray top, black shorts, white flip flops
Dentals: Not Available
DNA: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
Case Number: NCMC1121354 / 010903542

Details of Disappearance
Brittanee has blonde highlights in her hair.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Myrtle Beach Police Department
Captain David Knights or Detective Vincent Dorio
(843) 918-1000
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

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Comment by Brenda on April 26, 2013 at 7:21am

Family, friends gather to remember missing teen Brittanee Drexel
Published: April 25, 2013 Updated 24 minutes ago

Family, friends gather to remember missing teen Brittanee Drexel

Friends and family of Brittanee Drexel marked the four year anniversary of the last time she was seen leaving a Myrtle Beach hotel by handing out seeds of Forget-me-nots Thursday evening, after gathering at a tree planted in her honor at The Market Common.

Drexel, who would now be 21, was last seen leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. She was in Myrtle Beach for a spring break trip from her home in Rochester, N.Y., and was 17 at the time.

Drexel’s family planted the tree at the Grand Park in The Market Common on Oct. 7 to mark Drexel’s 21st birthday.

“We will never give up hope in finding my daughter, my family and I will continue to do whatever it takes to bring forth answers,” said Dawn Drexel, Brittanee Drexel’s mother. “I recall when this first all began I would think to myself, I am not going to be like all the other families across the nation and wait years, not me; here I am four years later feeling the same uneasiness and sorrow.”

Myrtle Beach police continue to investigate the Drexel case, but no arrests have been made, authorities said.

“The case is still open and active,” Myrtle Beach police Chief Warren Gall said. “We do get tips from time to time and we follow up on them accordingly. Unfortunately, none of these tips has helped us up to this point; however we will continue to look into more as they come in.”

Drexel’s case has been profiled on dozens of local and national television shows, her information featured on billboards throughout the area and there are several websites dedicated to information about her.

CUE Center officials have organized dozens of searches with hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement to search for clues about Drexel.

Soon after Drexel was last seen in Myrtle Beach, police and CUE officials began searching areas in Georgetown and Charleston counties after learning Drexel’s cellphone gave off its last known signal on April 26, 2009, in Georgetown County.

In August 2011, police searched a room at the Sunset Lodge on U.S. 17 near the Georgetown County Airport where someone identified as a person of interest had stayed. Police officials declined to comment on findings in that hotel room, and no new information has been released since.

At the time she was last seen, Drexel was 5 feet tall and weighed 103 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes, but wore blue colored contact lenses.

Anyone with information on Drexel’s disappearance can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1982, or to remain anonymous, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).

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Comment by Brenda on April 26, 2013 at 7:17am

Friends, family mark the anniversary of Chili teen's disappearance
Posted at: 04/25/2013 4:19 AM | Updated at: 04/25/2013 11:29 PM

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Those who know Brittanee Drexel came out to Charlotte Beach to show their support.

They lit candles, read and released balloons into the air.

Drexel was on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach when she disappeared on April 25, 2009. She was last seen at a hotel.

News10NBC spoke with Chad Drexel, Brittanee's dad. He says faith and hope have kept him going.

Chad Drexel, Brittanee's Dad, said, "All I can do is continue to be positive and keep everyone informed because they love her just as much."

Chad Drexel says Brittanee's mom, Dawn, was in South Carolina Thursday. The investigation into her disappearance is ongoing.

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Comment by Brenda on December 4, 2012 at 9:21pm

Age-progression image released of missing teen Brittanee Drexel

By: News Release | WBTW
Published: December 04, 2012
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- It has been more than three years since Brittanee Drexel vanished from the Grandstand beach area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; now a forensic tool provides her family with an age progression approved by her mother.

On April 25, 2009 Brittanee Drexel left her home in Rochester, New York without her mothers permission and traveled with a group of teens on what was suppose to be a few days of carefree fun.

Brittanee disappeared within 48 hours of her arrival and has not been seen or heard from since. Multiple agencies and hundreds of searchers from the CUE Centerfor Missing Persons have scoured various areas in hopes to locate the teen; Brittanee still remains missing.

As months turned into years her family and friends still hold out hope that Brittanee may still be alive and requested an age progression using her biological families to produce the likeness.

The CUE Center enlisted the help from national renowned forensic artist Diana Trepkov for the task. Diana has provided a number of age progressions over several years at no charge to the organization, donating her talents to aid registered missing person cases of the center.

Diana’s devotional work has spanned almost three decades in service.

“I was so overwhelmed by what she gave us just before the holidays, the beauty of what I know my daughter would really look like today, a little older, a new hair style, but still the beautiful little girl that peeks through those eyes of her”, it is a bittersweet gift”, said Dawn Drexel, Brittanee’s mother.

" I wanted the public to know about my daughter’s eye as well, if she is alive out there somewhere, she would have been in need of another surgery, and this drawing helps to show what her eye would look like today without medical attention."

Brittanee Drexel suffered from an eye disease called PHPV = Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous; a birth defect which cast shadows in eye sight, causing eye dilation issues and cataracts.

“The CUE Center for Missing Persons provides multiple free services to families left behind that suffer the unknown fate of a missing loved one; this forensic tool has proven to be a successful in any type of case from a suspect, missing individual and the unidentified”, said CUE founder, Monica Caison.

“It can also provide families who have stared at the time stamped missing picture for so long, a inner peace of something possible, that renewed hope families need”, Mrs. Caison added.

If anyone has information of the whereabouts of Brittanee Drexel or concerning her disappearance is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1963.

CUE Center for Missing Persons (910) 343-1131 or the 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687, all calls are confidential, callers can remain anonymous. You can also visit Brittanee’s profile on the CUE website at or go directly to her main site at at either site you can submit a confidential tip.

Comment by Brenda on September 28, 2012 at 8:33am

Brittanee Drexel's Mother Has Many Unanswered Questions

Updated: September 28, 2012

The mother of a missing teen who disappeared over spring break three years ago is reaching out to the media with her concerns and frustrations over the case, a week before her daughter's 21st birthday.

Brittanee Drexel went missing on April 25th 2009 while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Brittanee's mother Dawn Drexel sent a letter to Myrtle Beach media -- questioning whether the friends Brittanee was with the night she disappeared told police everything.

Dawn Drexel says she hopes the letter will lead to new information about her daughter's whereabouts. Dawn says she is planning a trip to Myrtle Beach soon. Read the full letter below:

****   Letter on Link..

Comment by Brenda on September 5, 2012 at 1:09pm

Balloon Launch for Brittanee

By: Mark Gruba
Updated: April 26, 2012

Friends and family marked the third anniversary of Brittanee Drexel's disappearance Wednesday with a balloon launch near the beach in Charlotte.

The Chili teen went missing while on spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on April 25, 2009. Her immediate family, including her mother Dawn, are in Florida and will commemorate the anniversary with a tree planting this weekend in Myrtle Beach.

For Brittanee's closest friends and extended family, the balloon launch was an opportunity to come together and remember her. Jessica Nice was six years old when she became friends with Brittanee. "She was my best friend, just someone that was always there," said Nice.

But then suddenly she wasn't. It's been three years since anyone has seen Brittanee. "Not a day goes by that we don't think of her," said Debbie Stein, Dawn Drexel's best friend.

Cheryl Tomasso is Brittanee's great aunt. She said gathering to remember her on the anniversary of her disappearance is important. "Just to keep her memory alive and to keep her image out there so that people don't forget," she said.

On each balloon were written messages of love for Brittanee. "She's always right there, always," said her friend Rachael Stein. As the group gathered near the beach, they circled for a moment in silent prayer before releasing the balloons to the heavens.

Each year Brittanee's friends and family struggle with the same emotions, anger and sadness, and the same question, where's Brittanee? They cling to each other for support.

As the balloons sail away to an uncertain end, all thoughts are with Brittanee, and the hope that remains. "She needs to know, wherever she is, that we're not giving up and we never will," said Nice.

Comment by Brenda on September 5, 2012 at 1:07pm

Brittanee Drexel honored by planting a tree in Myrtle Beach

Brittanee Drexel honored by planting a tree in Myrtle Beach (Added: April 28, 2012)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- Three years after New York teen Brittanee Drexel disappeared from Myrtle Beach, her family and friends gathered Saturday to honor her by planting a tree in The Market Common. (more)
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Three days after the third anniversary of her disappearance, the group watched as Greg Cox of Cox Tree Services planted the tree near a bridge on the west side of Grand Lake. Cox donated the young oak.

Published: April 28, 2012
Updated: April 28, 2012 - 4:29 PM
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Three years afterNew Yorkteen Brittanee Drexel disappeared fromMyrtle Beach, her family and friends gathered Saturday to honor her by planting a tree in The Market Common.

Drexel went missing from a Myrtle Beach hotel on April 25, 2009. She was visiting the Grand Strand on spring break.

Three days after the third anniversary of her disappearance, the group watched as Greg Cox of Cox Tree Services planted the tree near a bridge on the west side of Grand Lake. Cox donated the young oak.

A stone marker with Drexel’s name and date she went missing was placed at the base of the tree. It was donated by Coastal Monuments out ofConway.

Dawn Drexel, Brittanee's mother, read a poem about hoe the tree represents life. Then she and Brittanee's younger brother and sister shoveled the first dirt back on the tree.

"A tree—It symbolizes hope,” said Dawn after the ceremony. “It symbolizes that we're always looking for her, and we're not going to stop until we find her."

Robin Holley, a friend of the Drexels, organized the event.

"Brittanee's out there somewhere, and we want to find her,” said Holley. “Whoever knows something needs to come forward. I know I couldn't sleep at night, and I know eventually they're not going to be able to sleep either because it's just going to get to them. Hopefully that day's soon. It's been three years. We need to find her."

The family continues to stay active in the search for Brittanee by keeping in contact with the detectives working her case.

Unfortunately, dawn said no new information has turned up recently, but she and the family will not give up hope.

If you have any information about Brittanee Drexel's disappearance, you are urged to contact your local authorities.

Comment by Brenda on September 5, 2012 at 1:03pm
Comment by Brenda on April 25, 2012 at 10:33pm

Three Years Since Brittanee Drexel Disappearance

Print Story Published: 11:40 am Share Updated: 5:45 pm
Chili, N.Y. - Wednesday marks three years since Brittanee Drexel disappeared in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Chili teen was last seen while on spring break.

Three years later, no charges have been filed in her disappearance.

Brittanee's parents have raised money for searches and posted billboards to keep the case in the spotlight.

Her mom believes someone will eventually be held responsible and explain what happened to her daughter.

"I think that people know what happened to Brittanee and I think that they need to come forward because what's going to happen it's going to be like a domino effect that everyone that has...knows about Brittanee's disappearance, they're all going to go down with this person that actually took Brittanee," Dawn Drexel told 13WHAM by phone Wednesday.

Comment by Brenda on November 1, 2011 at 8:53pm
Families with missing loved ones gather to keep hope alive
Published Tuesday, November 01, 2011 7:25 PM

Kelly Marshall Fuller/Times
The CUE Center ‘Road to Remember Tour’ stopped in Georgetown Friday afternoon. Above, Joseph Hughes, brother of Garrett Hughes, stands with Gail Soles, mother of Crystal Soles, during a vigil for their missing loved ones.
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An emotional gathering took place Friday afternoon as family and friends of missing people from Georgetown County held a vigil in their honor.

Joseph Hughes, brother of Georgetown resident Garrett Hughes, and Andrews resident Gail Soles, mother of Crystal Soles, joined their children, grandchildren and many others to light candles of remembrance and release balloons in hopes of finding their loved ones.

The “Road to Remember Tour,” led by the CUE (Community for United Effort) Center from Wilmington, N.C. stopped in Georgetown on Friday afternoon.

Also remembered was Brittanee Drexel, a New York resident who vanished during a 2009 spring break trip to Myrtle Beach.

CUE volunteers are traveling the country, bringing awareness to missing persons cases that have never been solved.

“She's been missing six years,” Gail Soles said of her daughter. "We're still looking for her. We can't thank the CUE Center enough."

Joseph Hughes also thanked the CUE Center for raising awareness of missing people.

His brother has been missing since 2003, from an area near a now closed assisted living center.

No trace of Brittanee, Garrett or Crystal has been found.

Monica Caison, director of the CUE Center, said the balloons and candles were in remembrance of the missing residents.

Hope and action

Balloons were released in Georgetown Friday afternoon, after a short ceremony.

“This signifies hope and action taken on behalf of missing people,” Caison said.

Cole Robertson, a friend of the Soles family, said he came out in their support.

“I believe every word that is spread will help the family,” he said.

“I love my family and Joe's family and everybody,” said Little Yarborough, sister-in-law of Gail Soles.

“We've all been through these hard times together. It does make me feel good to see everyone showing support.”

By Kelly Marshall Fuller
Comment by Brenda on October 28, 2011 at 12:49pm
Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Missing person tour to make stop in Georgetown, Myrtle Beach to highlight local cases
By Tonya Root -

After traveling to nine states on a road tour, volunteers who search for missing people will make a stop Friday in Georgetown and Saturday in Myrtle Beach, where they have spent time searching for a New York teen last seen more than two years ago while on Spring Break.

Volunteers with the CUE Center for Missing Persons are on their eighth annual National Road Tour to increase awareness about missing person cases.

Friday’s stop will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday at 307 N. Fraser St., near a billboard containing information about teen Brittanee Drexel located next to McDonalds in Georgetown. They will highlight the case of Garrett Hughes, who was last seen Nov. 27, 2003, at the Manor House, an assisted living facility in the vicinity of Academy Avenue and Fraser Street in Georgetown.

At 10 a.m. Saturday they will be at Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, located off Kings Highway, before ending the road tour later in the day in Wilmington, N.C., where the group is based.

Drexel was 17 when she was last seen on April 25, 2009, leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The teen came to Myrtle Beach with friends from her home in Rochester, N.Y., without the consent of her parents, for Spring Break.

On the annual road tour, volunteers have logged 4,000 miles with 20 rally stops in seven states and featured 109 cases, including eight that are considered unsolved homicides, according to a news release from Monica Caison, CUE Center founder.

“After so many years, these cases fade from the public’s radar, but for the families and friends of a murdered or missing person, the nightmare continues – every minute of every day their loved one is absent,” Caison said. “We are traveling across the country to make sure that no case fades from memory and to remind the public that all families are in need of a resolution, they need our help and the community’s help to bring forth justice and those missing home.”

Hughes, who is from Fayetteville, N.C., had been living at the Manor House for three years before to his disappearance, according to officials. During his time there he would often walk to a nearby church, but would return to the facility of his own accord. Hughes couldn’t walk far due to his paralysis.
Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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