FBI offers $25k reward in Brittanee Drexel disappearance

This undated photo provided by the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Police Department shows Brittanee Drexel. (Myrtle Beach Police Department via AP)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WBTW) – The Federal Bureau of Investigations held a press conference in McCllelanville, South Carolina at 1 p.m Wednesday to discuss the latest developments on the young Rochester-area woman who went missing while on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach.

Brittanee Drexel was reported missing seven years ago on Ocean Boulevard. Drexel left her home in Chili, NY during the spring of 2009 without her parents’ consent and traveled with a group of teenagers on spring break to Myrtle Beach.

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas says investigators believe Drexel was taken from the Blue Water Inn in Myrtle Beach to the area where Wednesday’s press conference was held, in McCllelanville, and was held against her will for several days.

New sign revealed Wednesday in hopes of gathering information related to the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel.
New sign revealed Wednesday in hopes of gathering information related to the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel.

“We believe she traveled from the Blue Water, here, to this general area, and was here for several days,” says Thomas. “We are confident in the fact that she was here.”

Thomas says the FBI has authorized a $25,000 reward to anyone who can offer information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the disappearance and presumed killing of Drexel.

Dawn Drexel, Brittanee’s mother, attended the press conference and pleaded for the community to help in finding her daughter’s killers.

“I know there’s a mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter in the north Charleston, south Georgetown County area that has information that will help solve the murder of my daughter, Brittanee,” Dawn Drexel stated at the press conference.

According to the CUE center, Drexel was abducted while walking on Ocean Boulevard after retrieving her shoes from a person staying at the Blue Water Inn. When she didn’t answer her phone, her friends called her family to let them know.

Seven years have passed since the phone call and Brittanee’s grandmother says she works tirelessly to keep her granddaughter’s memory alive.


“Celebrating her birthday as we always did. We never let her forget that we still celebrate and all the people know that we are not going to let this go. We are going to keep it out there in hopes of having some sort of closure whether she’s alive or deceased we still need closure,”  said Carol Wagner.

Authorities have searched Horry and surrounding counties multiple times but have not found Brittanee. No arrests have been made in her disappearance. Drexel’s cell phone transmitted its last known signal the day after she disappeared near the South Santee River, between McClellanville and Georgetown.

“Please help us to bring these killers to justice. Help us to put them in prison where they belong for the rest of their lives,” pleads Dawn Drexel.

This story was originally published by News 4 sister station WBTW, a Media General Contributing station.

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