Hopes of finding Brittanee Drexel continue

McCLELLANVILLE, SC (WCSC) -  Hundreds of volunteers took part in a large search near McClellanville over the weekend in the hopes of finding Brittanee Drexel. The 17-year-old missing New York teenager hasn't been seen since April 2009.

"When I come down normally it's very stressful for me," said Drexel's mom, Dawn Drexel.

Trips to Charleston County for Dawn Drexel and her family aren't a new thing.

"It's very difficult being here and thinking that you're child can be in a wooded area is just too much for me to handle," Drexel said.

Searches for Drexel's missing daughter continue, but this time with the unfaltering help of Monica Caison, they are pulling out all the stops.

"We have close to 200 volunteers, professional teams that have come out. We have mounted units as well as canine units, we have numerous ATV teams and we have ground pounders, " said Caison, the executive director of the CUE Center for Missing Persons.

Last weekend's search is the second largest search for Drexel since her initial disappearance in Myrtle Beach in 2009.

The search covered 12 miles of wooded area near McClellanville, which is the last place authorities say they received a signal from Drexel's cell phone. Although Dawn Drexel has seen countless searches before, she hasn't given up hope and is confident in Caison and the CUE Center volunteers.

"She's not going to stop searching until she finds my daughter," Dawn Drexel said.

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