Local groups recognize anniversary of Drexel disappearance

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – Monday marks the two-year anniversary of New York teen Brittanee Drexel's disappearance from Ocean Boulevard. To mark the anniversary, members of Brittanee's family and friends held a fundraiser in Murrells Inlet Saturday.

Held in part with Harley-Davidson of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Corvette Club, riders cruised along Kings Highway from Harley-Davidson to the Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet. Event continued with a blessing, a speech by Brittanee's mother, Dawn, and a release of doves into the sky.

Those close to Brittanee were pleased with the large turnout of the event, but what amazed them the most about the turnout was how many complete strangers came together to show their support.

"None of these people even knew Brittanee," said close friend Jessica Nice. "To see what they have done for this family is wonderful."

Members of the Myrtle Beach Corvette Club said it was the least they could do to show that the Myrtle Beach community supports the search for Brittanee. John Grover, the club president, finds his love of his own children gives the search for Brittanee extra meaning.

"Nobody wants to lose a child. It hits close to home. We all have children, and recognize that this type of thing can happen and all of us want to help."

All the proceeds Harley-Davidson, the Corvette Club, and the Beaver Bar raised went to the CUE Center for Missing Persons, the organization that has kept the search for Brittanee going for the past two years. Support for the center gives Brittanee's family further reinforcement that she will be found.

"It gives me hope," said Myrissa, Brittanee's sister. "I just want her to come home."

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