Crews return to McClellanville to search for Brittanee Drexel

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McCLELLANVILLE, SC (WCSC) – The search for Brittanee Drexel will continue this weekend as crews head back to McClellanville to look for the missing teenager.

Dawn Drexel, Brittanee's mother, will be present at the search for her daughter who has been missing since 2009. Police say Drexel was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. Drexel was 17 at the time of her disappearance.

This weekend search will take place Saturday and Sunday and will center around an area along Old Georgetown Road off Rutledge Road in Charleston County. Over 200 people are expected to help in the search. Crews searched parts of this location in November 2010, but were not able to cover the entire area last time.

"This little girl has just disappeared and we're going to do everything we can to try to find her," said Monica Caison, executive director of the CUE Center for Missing Persons. "It's going to be a successful search either way because we've eliminated one more space if she's not here."

Volunteers spent Friday prepping for the weekend search. They will use horses and dogs in the search which is centering around McClellanville because a cell phone tower there received a signal from her cell phone after Drexel went missing.

Drexel's story gained national attention after the 17-year-old visited Myrtle Beach during spring break of 2009, and was never seen again.

Drexel and her friends were staying in the Bar Harbor Hotel along Ocean Boulevard that week in April. Drexel was caught on a surveillance camera around 8:15 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009, walking along the boulevard to visit friends staying at the Bluewater Resort.

Drexel was then recorded on the hotel's surveillance camera some thirty minutes later leaving the Bluewater Resort, returning to her hotel approximately 20 blocks away.

Somewhere within that 20 block walk, something would go very wrong, leaving police, family, and friends trying to put together the pieces of how Brittanee Drexel seemingly vanished.

Police received hundreds of tips concerning Drexel's whereabouts, all of which turned out to be nothing more than a dead end.

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