Report: FBI says Brittanee Drexel was abducted, raped, killed, fed to gators
CHARLESTON, SC (WYFF) - A court document includes an FBI agent's detailed account describing a teen, who went missing in Myrtle Beach, as having been abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and her body thrown into an alligator pit in a swamp, according to a report in The Post and Courier.
Brittanee Drexel, 17, of Rochester, New York, disappeared during a 2009 spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. In July, the FBI announced that their investigation had determined that Drexel was murdered. At that time, the FBI told Drexel's mother that a suspect or suspects had been identified.
The Post and Courier report says FBI agent Gerrick Munoz's detailed account is based on a statement from a prison inmate who claims he was present when Drexel was killed.
Munoz testified that inmate, Taquan Brown of Walterboro, told investigators he went to a "stash house" in the McClellanville area in the days after Drexel was abducted, according to the report.
Brown reportedly told the FBI that when he went into the house with a couple other men, he saw Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor, then 16, "sexually abusing Brittanee Drexel."
Munoz testified that Brown saw others in the room with Taylor and Drexel, and that when he was outside the house, Drexel ran from the house, was pistol-whipped, taken back inside and shot. Brown told the FBI that he assumed Taylor had shot Drexel, whose body was then wrapped and taken away, The Post and Courier reported.
The FBI agent said several witness told investigators that Drexel's body was put in a gator pit so it would be eaten, according to the report.
Munoz reportedly testified that investigators have searched several alligator ponds to no avail. He said investigators have been told that the area is peppered with as many as 40 of these ponds.
Munoz testified that another inmate corroborated Brown's account, and told investigators that Taylor had picked Drexel up in Myrtle Beach and took her to McClellanville where she ended up in a sex trafficking situation.
The Post and Courier reported that Drexel's family could not be reached for comment on the new developments and the FBI would not comment on the testimony.
Taylor's attorney said the testimony is a "squeeze-job" to force Taylor's cooperation, the report said.
A judge ordered Taylor released on $10,000 bail, which he posted later in the day after the bond hearing, The Post and Courier reported.
Taylor's mother, Joan Taylor, 44, of McClellanville, told The Post and Courier that the story is "craziness" and is being used by federal authorities anxious to solve the case.
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