Brittanee Drexel's disappearance has a new lead for investigators. The 17 year old teen from Rochester, New York, vanished while on a spring break vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina nearly a year ago. Drexel was last seen leaving a hotel in Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. The "person's of interest" have not been officially identified or charged but authorities fear that Drexel is no longer living. Lieutenant Neil Johnston of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Department issued this statement to WBTW: "I can't elaborate on why but it's just a sad thing. I hope we're wrong that we will be able to find her alive, but based on the investigation right now, it doesn't look good."
Officers from Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, and Charleston counties stated on Friday that "Around December we got a tip that led us to a particular area in Georgetown County. Since that tip, we have got a bunch more tips in, people that had some good information which led us to three possibly four suspects" per Johnston. Authorities believe that a cell phone signal from Drexel's phone was last detected in the Santee area of Georgetown County, South Carolina.
Brittanee Drexel's father, Chad, reported to CBS News that Brittanee "had emotional issues" stemming from her history of depression aggravated by her parents' divorce. Brittanee reportedly was 5 feet tall and weighed 103 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen in a multi-colored striped shirt, black shorts, and flip flops with straight, shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes.
Contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 1-843-918-1300 or 1-800-843-5678 with any information.