Police release video of Drexel before vanishing

Teen seen texting; vigil Saturday

troot@thesunnews.comApril 20, 2010 

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Myrtle Beach police have released a previously uncirculated short video taken of Brittanee Drexel, a New York teen last seen in Myrtle Beach nearly a year ago.

The video first aired Friday when Drexel's mother, Dawn Drexel, and Monica Caison, director of the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons appeared on the "Today" show.

It showed the teen in a Myrtle Beach hotel room texting on her cell phone. It is not clear who shot the video clips, which are about 30 seconds in length, and shot at 10:30 and 11:45 p.m. April 24, 2009.

Brittanee Drexel was last seen on video surveillance leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard while on spring break in the area on April 25, 2009. Dozens of searchers have scoured Myrtle Beach and wooded areas in Georgetown and Charleston counties looking for clues in the teen's disappearance.

Georgetown County sheriff's officials said they have identified three, and possibly four, people of interest in the case, but no arrests have been made, Lt. Neil Johnson said. The people were identified awhile ago through tips. Johnson said he could not provide any other details.

Investigators continue to work on the case and plan to meet with Dawn Drexel when she returns to town later this week, Johnson said.

Searches began about nine months ago after officials learned Drexel's cell phone gave off its last known signal on April 26 around U.S. 17 Bypass and the South Santee River in the Georgetown County.

To mark the year since Drexel was last seen, friends and family of the teen plan a march and candlelight vigil Saturday from the Bar Harbor Hotel to the Blue Water.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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