Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old junior at Gates Chili High School in Rochester, New York, is missing. After being told by her mother that she could not go with her friends on Spring Break to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she went anyway. On Saturday evening, just after 8 p.m., she left a hotel room of a friend to return to her hotel and has not been seen since.
Brittanee Drexel left with a group of older friends Wednesday for a Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On Saturday, she walked from her hotel room to another hotel to visit a friend, who was also from Rochester. After leaving that friend’s room, supposedly headed back to her own room, Brittanee disappeared. Myrtle Beach Police have almost nothing else to go on.
Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Drexel, told WBTW in Myrtle Beach that she had a “gut feeling” her daughter was not safe. She said that her daughter would never leave her clothes behind. All of Brittanee’s clothes were still in her hotel room.
“Something’s wrong,” Dawn Drexel, obviously distraught, said. “It’s not like my daughter to not call.”
The family arrived in Myrtle Beach Sunday to help search for the missing teen. A family friend, John Hahn, a Marine stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, drove 2 and one-half hours to Myrtle Beach Sunday to file a missing person report to get things moving as soon as he found out from Brittanee’s friends and family that she was missing. Hahn, 20, has known Brittanee Drexel for about 8 years.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Hahn told Democrat And Chronicle. “It’s very weird that she just up and vanishes.” He went on to say, “We’re all praying for the best, but preparing for the worst.”
Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes said that Brittanee’s friends changed hotels Sunday before preparing to leave for the return trip to New York. He also said that finding that Brittanee suffered from depression heightened concern for her well-being.
Cases such as Brittanee Drexel’s always resurrect the story of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who went missing after traveling with a group from her high school to the Caribbean island of Aruba. Her case caused a media sensation, exacerbated by conflicting tales and what looks like shoddy, lackadaisical investigation methods exercised by Aruban authorities. Natalee Holloway went missing on May 30, 2005. She nor her remains have ever been found.
Brittanee Drexel is described as 5′, weighing approximately 103 pounds. Anyone with information as to the missing teenager’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1382.