The news of a local young man’s federal charges on a five-year-old case in an effort to solve a seven-year-old mystery rippled through the small seaside village of McClellanville like the wake behind a speedboat this week. Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor, 24, was arrested on federal charges for a 2011 armed robbery, but an FBI agent said investigators also suspect he was involved in the kidnapping, trafficking and murder of a missing teen in 2009. Theories of what really happened to 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel, who went missing on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, were rampant in the town where police said she was held against her will and killed. But residents of the quiet fishing village were adamant Tuesday that whatever happened to Drexel, it didn’t happen in McClellanville.
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