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  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamweaver View Post
    MMarshall:
    Personally, I am always a little skeptical of a 'surprise' picture of a missing person.
    If you found this picture on a human trafficking site, then I urge you to contact LE immediately.
    Let the police decide if this is Brittanee or not.

    If by some long chance Brittanee is alive and safe, then
    she needs to be brought home.

    And I have to say, if this is some sort of
    photo shopped picture,
    then 'whomever'
    made it, will likely hear from
    the police.
    I agree this image needs to be looked at by LE immediately... its too close of a look a like .. to just ignore .. better safe then sorry.


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  3. #77
    If the aforementioned photograph is from a human trafficking site, then shouldn't LE be notified anyway? Maybe this poor girl is a kidnapping victim if she is not Brittanee. I think there is some resemblance and in a lot of pictures I've seen of BD, her eyes appear brown and I think it has been discussed early-on that her eyes are being stated to be blue in her posters but they appear brown in some of her pictures. I do agree, though, that her nose appears different.


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    I think this girl looks only a tad similar to BD... However something looks wrong with this pic to me... The head doesn't look right on the neck.

    Still wishing Brittanee home!
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    Love never fails.

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    Sunday, Dec 6, 2009
    Posted on Sun, Dec. 06, 2009
    Lost, but never found in South Carolina
    By Glenn Smith
    The (Charleston) Post and Courier
    Dawn Drexel gingerly stepped over mounds of pine needles, gnarled roots and empty beer cans as she ventured into a scrubby patch of woods where searchers looked for her teenage daughter's body.

    The team had come up empty, just as they had in similar dark corners tucked away from the bright lights and crowds of this bustling resort city. Still, Drexel needed to see the spot last week, to get a sense of the land and the efforts to find Brittanee.

    It's been a daily struggle for Drexel since her 17-year-old daughter disappeared on a trip here in April. The Rochester, N.Y., woman has left her family, work and home for weeks at a time to look for Brittanee. She's unsure what to say when her younger children ask when their sister is coming home. On every trip down U.S. 17, her gaze drifts to the ditches and hollows on the side of the road, looking for a sign.

    "It consumes your life, and there are a lot more bad days than good days," Drexel said. "It's always so close to your heart. You just never think your kid will go missing until ithappens to you."

    Hundreds of people are reported missing each year in South Carolina, some of the more than 800,000 folks who disappear across the nation. Most are found sooner rather than later, the majority unharmed. Of the 80 people reported missing in Myrtle Beach this year, for example, all but Brittanee have been accounted for, police said. But it is cases such as hers that can haunt family members, investigators and searchers for years.

    "It can be very frustrating," Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. John Clark said. "When you sit down and look into the face of a family member who is devastated because someone they love is missing, you can't help but put yourself in their place. It makes you want to work even harder to bring some resolution to them."

    Charleston County sheriff's deputies have located all but 12 of the 62 people reported missing to their office since January. But each year, some cases remain stubbornly difficult to solve.

    One such case is the disappearance of Theodore Watson, a 46-year-old man whose car was found abandoned near the bridge to Edisto Island in August 2007. The keys were in the ignition, the trunk was open and Washington's wallet was left behind, along with some blood. He hasn't been heard from since.

    "We've had no leads to go on," Clark said.

    Watson's case joins other perplexing and enduring Lowcountry mysteries, such as the disappearance of 12-year-old Annette Deanne Sagers, who vanished in October 1988 while walking from Mount Holly Plantation to a school bus stop. Or the case of Kevin McClam, a 14-year-old boy who disappeared from the Charleston Naval Weapons Station in 1997.

    Such mysteries can be torture for the families of the missing. Just ask Donna Parent, whose daughter, Brandy Hanna, vanished from her apartment in North Charleston on May 2005, leaving her money, her clothes, her entire life, behind.

    Each year, Parent holds vigils and birthday celebrations for Brandy, but she is no closer to learning her daughter's fate than she was four years ago.

    "One word says it all: Hell," Parent said. "When your child dies, you at least have some type of closure or somewhere you can go to visit them. But when you don't know what happened, it's a never-ending nightmare."

    Every so often, a story comes along that brings new hope to families of the missing. Such was the case in 2003 when Elizabeth Smart returned home to her family nine months after her abduction in Salt Lake City. Or Jaycee Dugard, who resurfaced in August in California after being abducted in 1991 at the age of 11.But for every story of hope, there are other tales that end badly, such as the case of 34-year-old Edwina Sims, a Virginia mother of two who disappeared on a trip to Charleston in April 2001. It was three years before she was found slain in a wooded swamp in Berkeley County.

    Brittanee Drexel's family hangs on to the hope that she will be found alive, even if that hope is fading with time. Her mother is determined to find her -- one way or another -- and bring her home.

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    Tip reignites search for Brittanee Drexel

    http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=386560

    A new tip has reignited the search effort in Georgetown County for missing spring breaker Brittanee Drexel who vanished from Ocean Boulevard in April.
    While Georgetown County investigators won't elaborate on the new tip, it was enough to bring in cadaver dogs, special dive teams and search crews.
    The efforts began Friday when two cadaver dogs from the CUE Center for Missing Persons were brought in to work an area along the North Santee River.
    The dogs, specifically trained to detect human remains, spent a couple of hours on and around a 25-foot dock that juts into the river.
    Once those dogs were done working, the CUE Center requested a third and fourth cadaver dog to search the same area, but those dogs didn't arrive until Saturday. Myrtle Beach detectives -- the lead agency in the investigation -- also arrived on Saturday.
    The second set of dogs searched the same wooded and swampy area but concentrated around the waters of the same dock which sits in an alcove of the river.
    The dogs' work produced further developments which prompted police and searchers to request a dive team, CUE Center found Monica Caison said.
    Members of the Horry County Fire Rescue's dive team suited up around 10:30 Sunday morning, and the three divers worked for close to four hours.
    Around 11:45 a.m., one of the divers found some sort of hard material that piqued interests among the group of searchers and law enforcement.
    No one at the scene could definitively classify what it was, but it will be sent to the Medical University of South Carolina on Monday morning to determine if it is a human bone.
    The divers called the search for the day around 3:00 Sunday afternoon, but they are scheduled to return Monday morning.
    A native of Rochester, NY, Drexel traveled to Myrtle Beach against her parents' wishes and vanished April 25 from Ocean Boulevard.
    She was last seen leaving the Blue Water Resort and was reportedly headed back to where she was staying at the Bar Harbor Hotel.
    Myrtle Beach detectives tracked Drexel's cell phone signals from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown County in the first days of her disappearance. As previously reported, the cell phone made a bee line from Myrtle Beach to somewhere near the North Santee Community around the hour Drexel was last seen.
    A substantial reward is being offered for any information leading to Brittanee, and detectives are asking for the public's help. Anonymous tips can be phoned in to the Myrtle Beach Police tip line at 843-918-1963.
    Tips can also be made by calling the CUE Center for Missing Persons at 910-232-1687.
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  11. #81
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    Wow! Thanks for posting the article. My hope is that if they find her, the tip will also lead them to the person or persons who did this to her.


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    Thank you for posting that Dearmont. I pray that this leads to some sort of conclusion and closure...if not for Brittanee, then perhaps some other family missing a loved one.


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    I wonder what the dogs found. Possibly clothing, purse, or the "pink" cell phone.

    The dogs' work produced further developments which prompted police and searchers to request a dive team


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  16. #84
    here is another article form thesunnews.com

    Search starts up again for missing New York teen along Grand Strand
    Janelle Frost - jfrost@thesunnews.com E-Mail

    Different local law enforcement agencies and a missing persons group spent the weekend searching areas in Georgetown and Charleston counties for missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel after Georgetown County authorities received a new tip, said Monica Caison, founder of the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons.

    Caison said authorities and those with the CUE Center spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday searching by the north Santee River in Georgetown County and some areas in Charleston County.

    Nothing of significance was found, said Caison, who took Drexel's mother, Dawn Drexel, around to areas they searched after Dawn Drexel flew into the area from New York Thursday. Caison said authorities and the CUE group plan to continue their search efforts Monday.

    Drexel, who disappeared April 25, was last seen leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

    A cell phone belonging to Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, gave off its last known signal the night of April 26 in the area around U.S. 17 and the South Santee River in Georgetown County, authorities said.

    Members of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Beach Police Department, Horry County dive team, and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office were involved in this weekend's search, Caison said. South Carolina and CUE Center search dogs were also involved, Caison said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Myrtle Beach police department at 918-1382 or 918-1952.


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  18. #85
    any locals know where that dock/alcove is?


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    Last edited by dreamweaver; 12-07-2009 at 04:13 AM. Reason: change word
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rochestergirl View Post
    I wonder what the dogs found. Possibly clothing, purse, or the "pink" cell phone.

    The dogs' work produced further developments which prompted police and searchers to request a dive team
    Looks like they said what it isn't
    <snip>

    Material found during Drexel search not bone

    A hard material discovered during a search for missing spring breaker Brittanee Drexel that piqued interest Sunday afternoon is not bone, the authorities said Monday.


    http://www.carolinalive.com/news/new...aspx?id=386808
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    Unhappy New search for Brittanee Drexel in SC fruitless

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    New search for Brittanee Drexel in SC fruitless
    Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 10:55 AM EST
    Updated: Monday, December 7, 2009 11:09 AM EST

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A new search for a New York teen missing in South Carolina since April has turned up nothing of significance.

    A missing persons group searched for Brittanee Drexel after Georgetown County authorities got a new tip.



    http://www.wmbfnews.com/global/story.asp?s=11633596
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    Material found during Drexel search not bone


    Special dive teams have reassembled Monday morning along a section of the North Santee River in Georgetown County and will continue diving for signs of Brittanee Drexel.
    By Graeme Moore
    Monday, December 07, 2009 at 11:14 a.m.


    A hard material discovered during a search for missing spring breaker Brittanee Drexel that piqued interest Sunday afternoon is not bone, the authorities said Monday.

    Special dive teams have reassembled Monday morning along a section of the North Santee River in Georgetown County and will continue diving for signs of Brittanee Drexel.

    The efforts began here Friday afternoon after Georgetown County investigators received a new tip in the case of Drexel who vanished April 25 from Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.


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    This one is from whec.com

    Brittanee Drexel's mother talks about weekend search for missing teen

    Search teams have been scouring a portion of South Carolina near the Santee River for four straight days for any sign of 18-year-old Brittanee Drexel.

    On Sunday, searchers found something of interest, possibly a bone fragment, but so far authorities are not commenting on the discovery.

    "That's correct, they did find something," Dawn Drexel, Brittanee Drexel's mother, told News 10 NBC. "And right now they sent it over to be tested to see what it was."

    A missing persons group searched for Brittanee Drexel after Georgetown County authorities got a new tip. Dawn Drexel, Brittanee Drexel's mother, took part in the searches this weekend and spoke with News 10 NBC this morning.

    "I'm hopeful that Brittanee is still out there, where we can find her," Dawn Drexel said. "But you have to face the other fact, too, that she may not be alive. We're hoping for the best."

    Back in Chili, Brittanee Drexel's boyfriend, John Grieco remains hopeful that he will one day see his girlfriend.

    "If you watch the news you can see that people are found," Grieco said today. "Cold cases like this one are re-opened and people are found."

    Monica Caison with the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons says she took Dawn Drexel to areas in the search for her daughter over the weekend and planned to continue Monday.

    Caison says they worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday looking by the Santee River in Georgetown County and in some parts of Charleston County.

    Drexel was last seen April 25 leaving a Myrtle Beach hotel. The last signal from her cell phone came the next night near the South Santee River.

    Police, sheriff's deputies and a dive team helped with the latest search.

    Dawn Drexel says she's exhausted but determined to follow up on every tip.

    "The holidays are coming up and it's just really, really difficult," Drexel told News 10NBC. "We're in this until the end. And we're not going to stop looking for my daughter."

    Another widespread search for Drexel is planned for January 9.

    For more Rochester, N.Y. news go to our website www.whec.com.


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