Mytle Beach -- A New York teen who hasn't been seen since her disappearance last April will be honored at her high school graduation in Rochester, N.Y., according to a news release from the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons.
Brittanee Drexel -- missing since April 25, 2009 -- would have been among those graduating today from Gates Chili High School.
Drexel's family will attend the graduation and accept the school's honor.
"They called last week to inform me that the school would honor my daughter with an honorary diploma" said Drexel's mother, Dawn Drexel, in the news release. "This entire ordeal is so real. I miss my daughter and ache for her to come home."
Brittanee Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen on video surveillance leaving the Blue Water Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach while on spring break on April 25, 2009.
Dozens of searches have scoured Myrtle Beach and wooded areas in Georgetown and Charleston counties looking for clues about the teen's disappearance.
Georgetown County sheriff's officials said in April that they have identified three, and possibly four, people of interest in the case, but no arrests have been made, Lt. Neil Johnson said.
The people were identified a while ago through tips that came in about the case. Johnson said he could not provide any other details.
It is not clear when an arrest might happen in the case.
Johnson said Monday that the Sheriff's Office still is actively working the case and has no further information to release at this time.
"We remain hopeful that Brittanee will be found and will continue all efforts necessary to help locate her and provide aid to her family for a resolution" said CUE's founder Monica Caison.