SLED adds agent to Drexel investigation - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

SLED adds agent to Drexel investigation

Myrtle Beach, SC -

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A team of investigators looking to crack the case of a missing New York teen is growing along the Grand Strand.

Lt. Neil Johnson, spokesman for the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, said the agency has requested an additional agent from the State law Enforcement Division to assist with the Brittanee Drexel missing persons case.

SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office made the request last week, and has since assigned an agent to the case. When asked the purpose of the additional agent, Timmons said the reasons for the extra manpower could jeopardize the case.

The teen, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach. Drexel was in the Grand Strand against the will of her mother.

Contact was lost between Drexel and her family in New York on April 25, 2009, the same night authorities said she disappeared. The last signal ping from her cell phone came the next night near the South Santee River.

Since Drexel's disappearance, several search efforts for the teen have been executed from Horry County to Charleston County. Despite the efforts fronted by area police and the CUE Center for Missing Persons, each search effort has fallen short.

Both the Myrtle Beach Police Department and Georgetown County Sheriff's Office have full-time investigators working only on the Drexel case, according to authorities.

In April, authorities publicly pinpointed three or four persons of interest who have all been previously questioned by authorities in connection to the case. Johnson, however, could not confirm a time frame in which the suspects were questioned.

Two of the suspects, according to Johnson, were subjected to lie detector tests. Johnson, however, would not comment on the results of the tests.

"At this time, there is no reason to believe these people [the persons of interest] know Drexel directly," Johnson said.

Myrtle Beach Police Det. Vincent Dorio said the recent advancements in the case  in April developed from a tip, and detectives are confident the information is leading them in the right direction to finding who might be responsible for Drexel's disappearance.  

CrimeStoppers of the Lowcountry continues to offer a reward for any information on Drexel's whereabouts. Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Drexel is urged to contact the agency at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • 3 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    3 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:38 PM EST2018-02-25 19:38:40 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    More >>

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    More >>
  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:37 PM EST2018-02-25 19:37:04 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>
  • Deputies investigating Sunday morning shooting that sent one to hospital

    Deputies investigating Sunday morning shooting that sent one to hospital

    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:54 PM EST2018-02-25 17:54:42 GMT
    (Source: WISTV)(Source: WISTV)

    Richland Co. deputies are on the scene of a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

    More >>

    Richland Co. deputies are on the scene of a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly