Brittanee Drexel's mom: Murder a "hard pill to swallow"

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 3:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2016 at 9:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The mother of a teen who vanished in Myrtle Beach seven years ago says she's having a hard time accepting her daughter is apparently dead.

The FBI says it has evidence that Brittanee Drexel was held captive and killed after she vanished from Myrtle Beach in April 2009.

Drexel's mother Dawn spoke about her daughter's disappearance from her home in Rochester. New York.

"Imagine just having hope that your daughter's still alive and then to find out that she's not, and somebody brutally murdered her is a hard pill to swallow," Drexel said.

Drexel says the FBI told her they've identified a suspect or suspects in Brittanee's disappearance and murder.

"They did tell us who they were looking at, but it's not something I can't disclose," she said.

Brittanee was in Myrtle Beach on spring break with some friends when she was kidnapped.

Her mother says those friends didn't offer to help her after her daughter disappeared and still haven't spoken with her.

"For them to come back and not say a word, something happened down there and I'm not sure the way to connect this, but to me, I just think that they knew something," she said.

Dawn believes Brittanee was a victim of human trafficking.

"I thought she was trafficked before I spoke with law enforcement just this past meeting that we had," she said.

Dawn is appealing for someone to come forward with information about Brittanee.

She says put yourself in her shoes.

"How would they feel if it was their kid? What if we went and grabbed their kid and kidnapped them and killed them? I mean, come on, any kind of parent would want justice for their kid," she said. "I don't want to put anybody else's life in danger, but I want to know what happened to my daughter and I want to be able to lay her to rest."

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