FBI to discuss latest developments in Brittanee Drexel case Wednesday

FBI to discuss latest developments in Brittanee Drexel case Wednesday

MCCLELLANVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A representative from the FBI will be among the officials at a McClellanville court on Wednesday, June 8 to discuss the latest developments in the case of Brittanee Drexel, a teen from New York who went missing in Myrtle Beach in 2009.

Drexel disappeared from Ocean Boulevard on April 25, 2009. She was 17 years old when she traveled to Myrtle Beach from New York for spring break.

Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas with the FBI will be joined by Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall, Charleston County Sheriff J. Al Cannon, Jr., Berkeley County Sheriff S. Duane Lewis, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, and United States Attorney Bill Nettles at the McClellanville Magistrate's Court at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss developments in the case, according to an FBI news release. WMBF News is working to learn more about these case developments.

Lt. Joey Crosby, with Myrtle Beach Police Department, said in April the case remains wide open, and they have used age progression to identify Drexel. Drexel would now be 24 years old.

"Officers are working very hard to bring closure to this investigation so we can find out what happened and what occurred within our city and what happened to Brittanee," Crosby said. "For all of us that have worked on this investigation, it is very much a part of and it's something that we think about daily."

Vigils have been held every year since her disappearance, including vigils in New York and Myrtle Beach on April 25 of this year.

"We're holding on to the fact that we will find her, if not today, maybe tomorrow," said Dawn Drexel, Brittanee's mom, at the vigil in New York.

The Myrtle Beach vigil was held at a tree planted in honor of Drexel at The Market Common. Drexel's grandparents were in Myrtle Beach and placed flowers at the site.

"If I could speak to her, I would just grab her, hug her, kiss her, tell her how much we missed her," said Carol Wagner, Drexel's grandmother. "Come home. Your mom is waiting for you."

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