CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WBTW) – An FBI agent, citing a statement from a prison inmate, says a teenage girl who disappeared from Myrtle Beach seven years ago was abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp.
Agent Gerrick Munoz this week gave the first detailed account of what investigators think happened to 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, New York, after she disappeared in 2009.
His account, contained in a federal court transcript obtained by The Post and Courier of Charleston, is based on a statement from a prison inmate who claims he was present when Brittanee was killed.
But a McClellanville woman whose husband and son have been implicated by the inmate says the story is just a bunch of “craziness” adopted by federal authorities desperate to solve the case.
Brittanee Drexel was reported missing seven years ago on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Drexel left her home in Rochester, New York during the spring of 2009 without her parents’ consent and traveled with a group of teenagers on spring break to Myrtle Beach.
FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas says investigators believe Drexel was taken from the Blue Water Inn in Myrtle Beach an area in McCllelanville, and was held against her will for several days.
“We believe she traveled from the Blue Water, here, to this general area, and was here for several days,” Thomas said at a press conference in June in McCllelanville . “We are confident in the fact that she was here.”
Thomas says the FBI has authorized a $25,000 reward to anyone who can offer information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the disappearance and presumed killing of Drexel.
Dawn Drexel, Brittanee’s mother, attended the June press conference and pleaded for the community to help in finding her daughter’s killers.
“I know there’s a mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter in the north Charleston, south Georgetown County area that has information that will help solve the murder of my daughter, Brittanee,” Dawn Drexel stated at the press conference.
According to the CUE center, Drexel was abducted while walking on Ocean Boulevard after retrieving her shoes from a person staying at the Blue Water Inn. When she didn’t answer her phone, her friends called her family to let them know.
Seven years have passed since the phone call and Brittanee’s grandmother says she works tirelessly to keep her granddaughter’s memory alive.