GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - A former assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave his thoughts about the weekend search in Georgetown County in relation to the Brittanee Drexel case.
Chris Swecker said in a case like this, where so many people and agencies are involved, and there is a $25,000 reward, investigators have to make sure all tips are legitimate.
"You're going to get strange calls, and you're going to get people," Swecker said. "You're going to have a hard time sorting through what's real and what's not real. And the only way to know what's not real is to withhold details."
From there, it's important to put what the person is saying to the test by comparing those details, according to Swecker.
"Maybe it's a new source of information, but the fact that they are out there in a very specific area excavating tells me that, that either that jail house informant has gotten more specific or someone else has come forward with some very specific information," he said.
As for what they could have been looking for over the weekend, Swecker had an idea.
"They need a body to make a charge, unless a really good witness comes forward. And I noticed in one of the earlier interviews they said there is only one piece of evidence missing, and that leads me to believe it's her body," he said.
Swecker said the fact investigators spent days on the scene is also telling.
"They are doing it forensically and slowly. If you were just digging a hole, that hole has been done in two hours for that amount of space," he said. So they are obviously being very careful sifting through things. They've probably got sifters. They are sifting through everything, every square yard of dirt, so that is going to take quite a bit of time."
As far as the likelihood Drexel's remains are found, Swecker is hopeful, but said it depends on what happened.
"If she was buried, yes," he said. "If she was dumped in an alligator pool, probably not."
Swecker added the good news here is the tips are still coming in and these very specific tips are certainly worth such an extensive search.