Investigators in South Carolina are getting new information on the disappearance Brittany DrexelA 17-year-old girl who went missing from the Myrtle Beach area during a spring vacation in 2009.
Drexel, originally from New York, was last seen leaving Blue Water Resort In April 2009. He never returned to the motel where he was staying, forcing his apprehensive friends to call the police. His cell phone gave a signal late that month, on April 26, 2009, in Georgetown County, near South Carolina.
In the 13 years since the teenager’s sudden disappearance, her whereabouts have never been determined, and no body or other evidence has ever been discovered. Now, surprisingly, that could change.
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Thursday, according to 13WHAMDetectives were spotted “combing in a wooded area” in Georgetown, about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach. While investigators remained silent on the cause of their search, local news outlets said it was “potentially linked” to the Drexel disappearance case. Why? Due to time.
The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office also said Thursday it had arrested the 62-year-old Raymond Moody (Pictured in the face shot above). Law enforcement agencies will not publicly confirm whether his arrest was linked to Drexel’s case and only say that Moody has been in custody at the Georgetown County Detention Center since May 4 on charges of obstruction of justice. But here’s the thing: Moody was initially named as a person interested in the case, and was investigated by detectives after it was revealed that he had been in prison for two decades after raping a California girl in 1983.
In August 2011, more than two years after Drexel’s disappearance, police raided Moody’s Motel Room in Georgetown and seized several bags of evidence. At the time, Moody told police he was not in the area when the teenager went missing. However, a year later, in 2012, investigators found out that just one day after his disappearance, a police officer from the nearby town of Surfside Beach had issued him a traffic ticket!
Brittany’s case caused a stir in 2016, when a The FBI The agent testified in court as part of a case involving an unrelated alleged armed robbery. In his testimony, Geric Munoz A detainee told a South Carolina court Taquan Brown The teenager claims to have seen Drexel alive in a small town in McClalanville, South Carolina, about 60 miles from Myrtle Beach, several days after he went missing.
Munoz insisted that investigators were told there was a human trafficking situation involving the teenager:
“They end up cheating on him with some of their friends, offering him to them and creating a situation of human trafficking.”
In the next interview with Dr. News10 After the FBI agent’s 2016 release, Brown claims That he saw Brittany being sexually harassed and whipped with a pistol – before hearing the gunshots.
Munoz further testified that witnesses in the small town of South Carolina claimed that Drexel’s lifeless body had been placed in an alligator hole in the days following Brown’s allegations. At the time, FBI agents testified, federal agents and local police endured a “tough” search for the teenager’s body in “30 or 40” various alligator ponds and ditches, but found no sign of the girl.
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For now, it remains to be seen whether Moody’s arrest is related to the case.
Here’s the latest, new investigation update News 8 WROC (Below):
Such a tragic event.
We hope that Brittany’s family and friends will one day find some way out of this terrible situation.
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