MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) It's been three years since New York teen Brittanee Drexel disappeared on a walk from the Blue Water Resort, but search volunteers and area law enforcement officials say they're working to keep her memory alive.
"We're trying to keep her memory in the spotlight," said Tom Raschiatore of Hyatt Motors. The car dealership still keeps a poster of the young girl in their window. "Anything we can do to help, that's what we're trying to do."
People who work near the Blue Water Resort say they're constantly reminded of the search for the teen and the efforts her family took to raise awareness about her disappearance. But they wonder why there haven't been more results in the search efforts.
"I can't help but relive Brittanee's steps coming out of the Blue Water," said Donald Hulme, who works across the street from the hotel. "With that extensive searching, I wonder why they haven't found more."
But missing persons experts say in cases like this, time passed doesn't mean the case is going cold, instead new developments and search techniques may even help get results after several years.
"With technology today and the awareness campaigns available, it almost becomes a marketing tool," said Monica Caison with the CUE Center for Missing Persons. "We lacked these, and we lacked these tools."
WMBF News has been following ever lead in the search for Brittanee Drexel, missing from Myrtle Beach since April 25, 2009. Review the timeline of the search on WMBFNews.com.