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.

    In the summer of 2016, investigators announced they believe they know what happened to Brittanee, and named a suspect in her case. They believe she was held against her will for four days before being murdered. A witness, Taquan Brown, testified he'd seen Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor and several other people sexually assaulting Brittanee at a "stash house" in McClellanville, South Carolina, a small town about sixty miles south of Myrtle Beach. At one point, Brittanee tried to escape and ran from the house, but she was caught, pistol-whipped and taken back inside. Brown says he later heard two gunshots and believed Brittanee had been killed. Her body was supposedly wrapped in cloth and taken to one of the many local alligator pits.

    A photo of Taylor is posted below this case summary. He would have been sixteen years old at the time of Brittanee's disappearance and is currently awaiting trial in a 2011 robbery case. Taylor had already been convicted of the robbery in state court and sentenced to eighteen months of probation, which he completed, but he was charged again in federal court and could face a life sentence. He maintains his innocence in Brittanee's case and, due to lack of evidence, he has not faced charges in connection with her disappearance. The primary witness, Brown, is currently serving 25 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter; Taylor claims he doesn't even know him. Authorities are searching for Brittanee's remains; there are dozens of alligator pits in the McClellanville area.

    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 Taylor
    Left: Brittanee's clothes;
    Right: Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor

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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
    People Magazine
    The Charleston Post and Courier

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 10, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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