Candlelight vigil, march to mark teen's disappearance

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Family and friends will gather along the Grand Strand in two weeks, hoping to bring new light to the case of a missing New York teenager who vanished while on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach last year.

Those closest to 18-year-old Drexel will gather on Saturday at the Bar Harbor Motel at 6 p.m. for a march to Hurl Rock Park, where family members are expected to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the missing teen.

Drexel's family will also be hosting a classic car show at the Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson on South Kings Highway, where volunteers will be passing out flyers to the public in hopes of generating new leads in the case.

Myrtle Beach Police say Drexel, of Rochester, NY, disappeared after she was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach. Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was in the area against the will of her mother.

Contact was lost between Drexel and her family in New York on April 25, 2009, the same night authorities say she disappeared. The last signal from her cell phone came the next night near the South Santee River.

Lt. Neil Johnson, spokesman for the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, says a cell phone signal is what originally led the search for 18-year-old Brittanee Drexel out of Myrtle Beach and into the Santee area of Georgetown County.

Investigators have pinpointed three or four people of interest in the disappearance of the 18-year-old New York girl. Johnson said all persons of interest have been previously questioned by authorities, but could not confirm an exact time frame in which they were questioned.

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