Missing teen’s mom wants information

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Police Department shows Brittanee Drexel. The 17-year-old New York girl remains missing after a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach. South Carolina authorities looking for a missing 17-year-old girl from New York expanded their search Friday, May 8, 2009, two weeks after she disappeared on a trip with friends that her mother didn't give her permission to go on. (AP Photo/Myrtle Beach Police Department, FILE) ** NO SALES ** ¬ ¬ Published Date 5/9/2009: Brittanee Marie Drexel ¬ Published Caption 10/20/09: Drexel ¬ Published Caption 10/22/09: Drexel ¬ Published Caption 12/8/09: Drexel ¬ Published Caption 12/13/09: 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel was last seen April 25. ¬ Published Caption 3/30/10: Brittanee Drexel was last seen on a security camera April 25, 2009, leaving a Myrtle Beach hotel. ¬ Published Caption 7/30/10: Authorities are investigating whether the 1998 killing of Shannon McConaughey (right) is linked to Brittanee Drexel's (left) disappearance and an attempted kidnapping last week.

The mother of missing teen Brittanee Drexel sent a letter to a Myrtle Beach television station Thursday appealing for those with information on her daughter’s disappearance to come forward.

Brittanee, a 17-year-old New York resident, disappeared during a trip to Myrtle Beach in April 2009. Numerous searches have been conducted from Myrtle Beach to the McClellanville area, but she remains missing.

Her mother, Dawn Drexel, sent a letter to WMBF-TV questioning whether the people who saw her last told police everything they know.

Myrtle Beach police officials could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Drexel described the last three years as “a heart wrenching experience” and questioned why the people Brittanee traveled with to South Carolina didn’t do more to help when she disappeared.

One young man refused to provide information, saying, “I am not her babysitter.” Others wouldn’t return her calls, Drexel stated in her letter.

“Not one person that was with my daughter helped me in any way, not one of them ever contacted me with concern or offered any help, and not any of the parents of these people to this day have reached out to help or console me in my grief,” she wrote. “It was and still remains a hard thing for me to understand, most human beings have compassion for a total stranger, but not this group!”

Through text messages to Brittanee’s then-boyfriend, Drexel stated, she learned her daughter had been miserable and packed to leave Myrtle Beach the day she disappeared.

She vanished, however, after going to the Blue Water Resort to get a pair of shoes she left in a vehicle there earlier in the day, she said.

Drexel wrote that she is concerned about inconsistencies with statements given by witnesses at the resort and worried that someone might have targeted Brittanee after she and her friends visited the now-defunct Club Kryptonite during the trip.

“I fear only what may have gone on and many rumors over time have sent my imagination to some dark corners throughout my daughter’s disappearance,” Drexel’s letter states. “Rumors alone have almost destroyed me at times. The fact that a body has not been found provides me a reasonable strength to press forward.”

She went on to say:

“How can my daughter arrive to a place and within sixty hours vanish? There were thousands of witnesses, yet not one person saw if she got into a vehicle, was forced against her will or even noticed her for the most part walking down the main road.

“So many questions three years later that remain unanswered, leaving me and my family clinging to the hope that maybe after all the searches, all the media pleas and all the awareness campaigns, just maybe she could be alive? I am told to expect the worst, but how does a mother give up and not look for her child or ask the world to help her look.

“Could my daughter be the next miracle story rescued from a human trafficking ring, or found by accident while being held captive by some freak or being used in some sort of sex slavery? Could someone with resources have taken my child on a plane or boat far away from the initial area and that is why no one to date knows anything of her whereabouts? These questions and a hundred more flood my late night thought and dreams.”