It has been said that the truth hurts. But even if it hurts, it should still be told. On Wednesday, the truth of what happened to 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel was announced to the world.
Drexel disappeared in South Carolina in 2009. Against her parents’ wishes and without their knowledge, she slipped away from her home in upstate New York and went with friends to Myrtle Beach for spring break, and like any parent’s worst nightmare, she never came back.
But for Chad and Dawn Drexel, the nightmare of their daughter’s disappearance was just beginning. After seven years, the father and mother were finally told on Tuesday that she had been killed and likely held against her will.
Dawn Drexel spoke Wednesday at a news conference announcing her death. “After seven long years of waiting and praying for the return of my daughter, we know she isn’t coming home alive,” she said. “Brittanee’s life was stolen from her in a brutal and senseless fashion.”
David Thomas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Columbia, South Carolina, field office, said during the press conference that authorities have known Drexel was dead “for some time, but in the interest of trying to protect the parents and still maintain hope that we could bring her back alive, we’ve kept that information. … We all came to the conclusion collectively that, regardless of how difficult it is for the family, we met with the family yesterday to brief them, it is very difficult, but the public needs to know, the family needs to know.”
Authorities believe Drexel was taken from Myrtle Beach and held captive in McClellanville, South Carolina, for days. They appealed to the public for information to solve the mystery and bring the perpetrators to justice. FBI officials say they are certain that someone in the McClellanville area knows about Drexel’s time there.
Chad Drexel posted a plea on Facebook urging the public to help in any way they can to “bring our daughters remains back home to us.”
His wife also pleaded with the public to “bring her killers to justice.”
“We know she isn’t coming home alive,” Dawn Drexel said. “We need your help to find Brittanee’s remains and bring her home to rest.”
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.
h/t: Independent Journal