Brittanee Marie Drexel

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left: Brittanee, circa 2009;
Bottom Center: Brittanee on surveillance camera footage the night of her disappearance;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 20 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 25, 2009 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 7, 1991
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 103 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue-green eyes. Brittanee has blonde highlights in her hair. Her ears and nose are pierced and she wears blue-tinted contact lenses. She frequently changes her hair's style and color. Brittanee's nickname is Britt. She is of Turkish descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white, teal and gray spaghetti-strap top, black shorts and white or silver flip-flops. A photo of the top and shorts is posted below this case summary.
  • Medical Conditions: Brittanee suffers from depression.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brittanee resided in Rochester, New York in 2009; she was a junior at Gates-Chili High School, where she was a star player on the soccer team. Her parents are legally separated and Brittanee lived with her mother, but saw her father frequently. In April 2009, Brittanee asked for her mother's permission to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for spring break with her friends and longtime boyfriend. Her mother said no, they argued about it, and Brittanee got permission to go to a friend's home. She went to Myrtle Beach in spite of what her mother said. Her mother was unaware of this; she thought Brittanee was staying with a friend locally. They spoke several times on the telephone after she arrived in South Carolina. Brittanee's mother didn't find out where her daughter really was until she was notified that Brittanee had disappeared.

    Brittanee's friends last saw her Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach at 8:00 p.m. on April 25, 2009. Brittanee walked more than a mile to the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard, where other friends were staying. Surveillance cameras there show her going into the resort, then leaving sometime after 8:30 p.m. At 9:15 p.m., she sent a text message to one of her friends saying she was going to see a friend who was staying at another hotel. She has never been heard from again. She left all her clothes behind at her hotel room. Her beige purse and pink cellular phone disappeared with her. The phone's last signal was near U.S. 17 and the Charleston County line the night Brittanee went missing. Since then its battery has died.

    Peter Brozowitz (often referred to as "Broswick" in the media) is a person of interest in Brittanee's disappearance. He is one of her New York friends and is the last person known to have seen her. He checked out of his hotel at 1:00 a.m., a few hours after he saw Brittanee, and drove back to New York. He maintains his innocence in her disappearance. There were sightings of Brittanee in the Myrtle Beach area in the days after her disappearance, but the reports turned out to be about a young woman who merely resembled her.

    There were rumors of an imminent breakthrough in Brittanee's case in April 2010. Authorities announced they had three or four persons of interest, all of them from the Myrtle Beach area, and they had obtained search warrants and given polygraph exams to these individuals. No arrests were made, however, and none of the persons of interest were publicly named. Investigators stated foul play was suspected in Brittanee's case and they believed she may have been a homicide victim.

    Brittanee moved frequently during her childhood because her father was in the military. Her parents describe her as a very resourceful, strong-minded and independent young woman. She was upset over her parents' pending divorce, but they don't believe she ran away, as this is uncharacteristic of her and they don't think she would have left her clothes behind if she had run. Her boyfriend of three years agrees with this assessment. Brittanee was studying cosmetology in high school and is very interested in fashion and wearing stylish outfits. Her case remains unsolved.

    Clothes
    Above: Drexel's clothes

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Myrtle Beach Police Department
    843-918-1000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    Help Us Find Brittanee Marie Drexel
    Project Jason
    SC Now
    News Channel 15 Carolina Live
    13 WHAM
    WHEC News 10
    The Sun News
    WCIV News 4 Charleston
    The Wilmington Star News
    CBS News
    WMBF News
    Investigation Discovery: Disappeared

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 6, 2012; picture added.

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