A three-day search in a South Carolina wooded area has led to progress in the case of a missing girl. Investigators were tight-lipped about what they found, according to Myrtle Beach Online, but they did state that advancements have been made. The search began Friday and wrapped up on Sunday.
“The last three days we have progressed the investigation,” a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent said. “We’re not going to discuss what we found or what we did not find. I’m confident in telling you the investigation was advanced. We have progressed.”
Eight years ago, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel went on a spring break trip with a group of friends without her parent’s knowledge. According to the report, she was last seen leaving a resort in April of 2009. She has been missing ever since.
Last year, an FBI agent stated investigators believe Drexel was held for several days against her will and killed in an area south of Georgetown. It is feared that her body has been fed to alligators.
The officers cleared nearly an acre of woodlands near a highway during a three-day search. K-9s and an excavation unit were brought in Saturday according to the report.
The FBI told Myrtle Beach Online that they are confident they are getting closer to resolving the matter and bringing those accountable to justice.
Jailhouse informants told police Drexel was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, murdered and then dumped in an alligator pit. One of the informants, based on the report, told police he saw a group sexually assaulting the girl. He added that Drexel tried to escape but she was dragged back into the house and killed.
“During the last three days, we have developed leads, we have developed information,” stated an FBI agent. He said investigators suspect people in the area know information that can lead to a resolution, according to the report.
Four men from Columbia were arrested by U.S. Marshals in the area the day the search began on Friday. FBI would not comment on whether those arrests had anything to do with Drexel’s case.
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the teen’s disappearance.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).