Volunteers search for Brittanee Drexel south of Georgetown - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Volunteers search for Brittanee Drexel south of Georgetown

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Over two hundred volunteers combed a rural road in Charleston County this weekend to find evidence that could lead to missing teen Brittanee Drexel's whereabouts.

Organized by the CUE Center for Missing Persons, a non-profit group based out of Wilmington,  searchers and law enforcement personnel scoured the dense woods along Old Georgetown Road for anything that could give investigators a lead into the girl's disappearance.

Brittanee Drexel disappeared almost two years ago, when she was 17 years old, after leaving a resort along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Drexel came to the Grand Strand without her parents consent.

Officials search the McClellanville and Santee Coastal Reserve area south of Georgetown because that was the region where the last signal from Brittanee's cell phone was received.

Search parties combed the woods by ATV, horseback, and on foot both Saturday and Sunday. But even with over two hundred sets of watchful eyes, finding evidence in the heavy brush was difficult.

"Nothing significant that's been located has anything or any direct tie with Brittanee Drexel," says CUE Center director and founder Monica Caison. "But we still have a little over two miles and a couple areas that we're going to look into while we're here as well." The CUE Center has played a major role in the search efforts since Brittanee first disappeared.

Dawn Drexel, Brittanee's mother, has made countless trips to the Myrtle Beach area since her daughter went missing in 2009, and it's the dedication of these volunteers that give her hope that she'll find answers to Brittanee's whereabouts. Dawn has also found strength in families who also have loved ones who have disappeared.

"When your child goes missing, you go through hell. And they really know what you're going through. They've been dealing with the same thing that you've been gong through, and their's have been a lot longer."

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