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Episode 87

Finding Brittanee Drexel

April 26, 2021   Tags: , ,
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Billy and Paul look into the disappearance of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel. In April 2009, Brittanee went on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina without her mother's permission. After just a few days, she vanished from Ocean Boulevard on April 25th. Tips have poured in throughout the years but Brittanee remains missing. 

The Disappearance:
17-year-old Brittanee Drexel asked her mom Dawn if she could go with friends to Myrtle Beach for spring break. Dawn immediately told her daughter no. 

Brittanee was furious. She told her mom she was going to go to a friend’s house to cool down. It’s that friend’s house that Dawn believed her daughter to be at for the coming days.

The teens arrived on April 23rd, 2009 Brittanee and her friends arrived in Myrtle Beach. They stayed at the Bay Harbor Resort on North Ocean Boulevard. 

On April 25th, Brittanee stopped by the Bluewater to visit Peter Brozowitz. She then went to the beach. Later that evening she returned to the hotel to pick up flip flops she'd left. 

The surveillance camera at the Bluewater caught Brittanee entering the hotel lobby a little after 8:30 PM. The same cameras caught an image of her leaving at 8:45 PM. She was wearing a white, gray and teal tank top, flip-flops and shorts. She was carrying a beige purse. It is the last image of Brittanee.

After Brittanee left the Bluewater, she continued to text her boyfriend John back in Rochester, New York. She sent him a message around 9:15 saying she was going to see other friends. Then the texts stopped. John became more and more worried. He texted Brittanee and told her if she didn’t text him back, he was calling her mom.

Brittanee never texted back. John called her mom. 

The Investigation:
Myrtle Beach police interviewed the friends Brittanee was staying with. They told authorities they weren’t concerned she hadn’t come back to the hotel yet. All of her clothes were still there in the hotel room. But they had spent a lot of the time apart in the previous days. 

They interviewed the boys Brittanee had spent time with the during the day of her disappearance. Peter had checked out that night at 1 AM, but the other guys were still there. 

Searches commenced for the next eleven days straight. The search routes included air, water, ground and sonar. The authorities and volunteers didn’t just search the Myrtle Beach area. They included all of the Santee, Charleston and McClellanville areas. The terrain included the beaches as well as swamp areas which had wildlife the likes of alligators, wild hogs and snakes. There was no sign of Brittanee.

The investigation looked into Brittanee’s phone. They were able to pull some pings from it before it went dead. The first ping was about an hour and half after the last image was captured. It was seven miles south of Myrtle Beach. 

The next ping was two and half hours after the image, at 11:58 PM. This time Brittanee’s phone was 50 miles south of Myrtle Beach in a town called McClellanville. It’s a small town in Charleston County. The population in 2010 was just under 500 people. 

The searches continued frequently for over six months. But as the tips dried up, so did the frequency of the searches. 



The Most Promising Lead: 
The FBI took over as the lead agency in the summer of 2016. It was during that time the authorities got their first concrete lead in years. A jailhouse informant told a story of Dawn’s worst fears, and the FBI thought they knew what happened. It was the first time an agency told the family and the public that Brittanee was likely dead. 

Taquan Brown, the jailhouse informant, said Brittanee had been kidnapped near the Blue Water Resort. After she was snatched off the strip--Ocean Boulevard--she was taken an hour south to McClellanville. According to Brown she was held there for four days.

In his statement, Taquan said the plan was to place Brittanee into sex work. But the plan was ruined when her disappearance made so much news. Based on his statement, the FBI and local police believed Brittanee’s remains were dumped in a local alligator pit. There are several in the area. 

Investigators searched the house. They searched the pits and ponds but found nothing.

The FBI still focused their attention on Da'Shaun Taylor. Taylor swore he had nothing to do with it. Federal prosecutors brought charges against Taylor for an armed robbery he'd already served time for in state prison. The hope was by bringing charges against him, he would tell investigators where Brittanee was. But it was information he couldn't or wouldn't give.

Da’Shaun Taylor went before a judge in December 2019 to find out what his sentence would be for a crime he’d already done time for. Judge David Norton sentenced Taylor to time served and three years probation.

Again, Brittanee’s case is cold. 



ASSIGNMENT:
Brittanee Drexel hasn’t been seen since April 25th, 2009. She was last seen on surveillance cameras of the Blue Water Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina around 8:45 PM. She last texted her boyfriend John at 9:15. Her phone last pinged just before midnight near McClellanville.  

At the time she disappeared, Brittanee was 5’ and 103 pounds. She had brown hair with blonde highlights and blue/green eyes, and was wearing blue-tinted contact lenses. Brittanee’s nose and ears are pierced. She was wearing white, teal and gray spaghetti strap shirt, black shorts and white or silver flip-flops. She has a scar on her inner thigh. She may answer to the names “Britt” or “Nicole Antonini.”


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