MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WIS) –
The mother of a teenager who was last seen in Myrtle Beach in 2009 has released a statement about the discovery of human skeletal remains found approximately six miles from where Brittanee Drexel was last seen.
I would like to thank everyone for their concern and support for my daughter, Brittanee in the recent discovery made in Horry County South Carolina. There are many missing children and adults in the region who have families suffering in anticipation the this latest news and who along side of our family await for a resolution as well.
I ask at this time to please wait for investigators to make a positive identification and be allowed to do their job. We need to respect the process along with the realization this could be any of our missing loved ones.
I encourage all media to re visit the case files and feature our missing. It is so vital to keep these cases out in the public.
On Saturday, someone walking in the area of Tidewater Road near Waccamaw came across the remains and contacted police.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed that the remains are human, and the larger bones will be packed up and sent off to a lab in Texas for DNA testing. The bones have been in the Waccamaw area for years, Edge said.
Authorities have not yet determined if the bones belong to a man, woman or child.
Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South. She was in the area for spring break against the will of her mother when she vanished.
Investigators report contact was lost between Drexel and her family in New York on April 25, 2009, the same night authorities believe she disappeared.
Since that time, searchers have scoured the area, looking for any clues as to where she may have gone, but with no luck.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Drexel is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.