MYRTLE BEACH — Four years after she was last seen leaving a Myrtle Beach hotel, the family of Brittanee Drexel will mark the day by handing out seeds of Forget-me-nots at a tree planted in her honor at The Market Common.
Drexel, who would now be 21, was last seen leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. She was in Myrtle Beach for a spring break trip from her home in Rochester, N.Y., and was 17 at the time.
Drexel’s family planted the tree at the Grand Park in The Market Common on Oct. 7 to mark Drexel’s 21st birthday. They will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the tree to honor her, said Monica Caison, founder of the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, N.C. The public is invited to attend.
“We will never give up hope in finding my daughter, my family and I will continue to do whatever it takes to bring forth answers”, said Dawn Drexel,
Brittanee Drexel’s mother. “I recall when this first all began I would think to myself, I am not going to be like all the other families across the nation and wait years, not me; here I am four
years later feeling the same uneasiness and sorrow.”
Myrtle Beach police continue to investigate the Drexel case, but no arrests have been made, authorities said.
“The case is still open and active,” Myrtle Beach police Chief Warren Gall said. “We do get tips from time to time and we follow up on them accordingly. Unfortunately, none of these tips has helped us up to this point; however we will continue to look into more as they come in.”
Drexel’s case has been profiled on dozens of local and national television shows, her information featured on billboards throughout the area and there are several websites dedicated to information about her.
CUE Center officials have organized dozens of searches with hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement to search for clues about Drexel.
Soon after Drexel was last seen in Myrtle Beach, police and CUE officials began searching areas in Georgetown and Charleston counties after learning Drexel’s cellphone gave off its last known signal on April 26, 2009, in Georgetown County.
In August 2011, police searched a room at the Sunset Lodge on U.S. 17 near the Georgetown County Airport where someone identified as a person of interest had stayed. Police officials declined to comment on findings in that hotel room, and no new information has been released since.
At the time she was last seen, Drexel was 5 feet tall and weighed 103 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes, but wore blue colored contact lenses.
Anyone with information on Drexel’s disappearance can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1963, or to remain anonymous, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).
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