Search for missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel continues in Charleston County

11/22/2010 8:53 AM

11/22/2010 1:31 PM

Search officials from the CUE Center of Missing Persons in Wilmington, N.C. along with area and state law enforcment officials searched a wooded area of Charleston County on Sunday for a New York girl teenager who disappeared from Myrtle Beach last year.

Dawn Drexel said police in McClellanville received a tip that the body of her daughter, Brittanee Drexel, could be in a wooded area off Rutledge Road.

"They didn't tell us what the tip was about," Dawn Drexel said this morning. "They do look at all of them. They still are actively searching for Brittanee."

Officials searched a 2-mile area Sunday, Dawn Drexel said. More than 50 people searched for her daughter on Sunday.

Monica Caison with CUE said local officials received the new tip in the last few weeks and coordinated the search Sunday with a search the group was conducted on Saturday for Crystal Soles. Soles was last seen Jan. 24, 2005, at Shaw's Corner Store in Andrews.

An area of Jones Avenue in Andrews was searched Saturday in connection with Soles' disappearance, but nothing was found.

"This is an area that needed to be searched," Caison said of Saturday's search for Soles. "We can at least walk away from it now. There will be many more areas to search for Crystal. They are gathering more information."

Brittanee Drexel was last seen on video surveillance leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard while on spring break 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.

The searches began 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.

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