Drexel case leads investigators to Georgetown site

Pictured is the Sunset Lodge on U.S. Highway 17, not far from the Georgetown airport.

Investigators have placed crime scene tape around a unit in a Georgetown apartment complex this morning amid word of a new development in the case of a missing New York teen.

State Law Enforcement Division agents and local investigators have been checking a room at Sunset Lodge on U.S. Highway 17, not far from the Georgetown airport.

The Post and Courier received a tip this morning that the search is tied to the case of Brittanee Marie Drexel, a teen who vanished in 2009 while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Rusell Goodale of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office told The Georgetown Times that the Drexel investigation has led authorities to that location. A resident said a man who was once questioned in connection with the case at one time lived in unit 22, the newspaper reported. A manager said the man in unit 22 moved in the day before Drexel went missing. He left six months ago.

The man who lived in Unit 22, as identified by management, was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, rape, kidnapping, sodomy of a person younger than 14 and assault to commit rape in 1983. He was released from prison in 2004, according to federal records.

The Rochester, N.Y., teen, who was then 17, was last seen April 25, 2009, on a hotel security camera in Myrtle Beach. She had gone to the Grand Strand on spring break without her parents' permission.

A task force of local, state and federal law enforcement has been working on the investigation.

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