MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Thursday marked a somber anniversary for the family of Brittanee Drexel.
It was 10 years ago that the 17-year-old was last seen in Myrtle Beach during her spring break vacation.
Family and friends gathered Thursday night at a memorial tree dedicated to Brittanee, to remember their beloved sister, daughter, niece and friend.
“She was a very outgoing, bright person. She was very loving, very caring,” said Myrissa Drexel, Brittanee’s sister.
Brittanee’s mother thanked a crowd of people who came out to honor her daughter, while a video played that showed the vibrant teenager and her unforgettable smile.
“The one thing I remember about my sister is she was very loving and caring to me. She was my protector, my supporter,” Myrissa said.
She also remembered the long talks she would have with Brittanee.
“Have that strong sister bond with each other and to not have that today is very… there’s days I break,” Myrissa said.
But as family and friends remembered Brittanee, they called for the justice that has yet to come. Myrissa said the 10 year wait has been too long.
“It feels horrible. We should’ve known a couple of days later,” Myrissa said. “I want the world to know that we need justice. We need people to speak up.”
Myrissa now has a daughter named Mila Brittanee. She said she named her after her sister because she knows her sister would love her.
Anyone with information about Brittanee’s disappearance is asked to call (800) CALLFBI. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.