Teen Missing Since 2009 Allegedly Fed To Alligators After Rape And Murder

By Benjamin H. Smith

In 2009, 17-year-old Brittanee Marie Drexel of Rochester, NY defied her mother’s wishes and went on an unsupervised trip with friends to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to party over spring break. There, she disappeared without a trace besides some cell phone pings from the town of McClellanville. Now a jailhouse confession has laid out a horrific scenario which alleges that she was kidnapped, gang-raped and murdered before her body was fed to alligators to dispose of any evidence.

According to FBI agent Gerrick Munoz, an inmate named Taquan Brown said he saw Brittanee being held captive at a drug stash house run by Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor and his father Shaun. Timothy had picked the girl up in Myrtle Beach and then brought her back to McClellanville where she was “tricked out” and gang-raped. Acoording to Brown and other jailhouse informants, she was murdered and her body was then fed to alligators after her disappearance garnered too much publicity.

Jailhouse confessions however are notoriously unreliable as convicts often try to barter a lighter sentence in exchange for information. For their part, the Taylor’s deny any involvement in the young girl’s disappearance and death. The younger Taylor, who lost his arm as a arm in a childhood accident, is currently being held on charges related to a robbery of a McDonald’s in 2011. He had already confessed to being a getaway driver on the robbery, however prosecutors have added federal charges in hopes of pressuring him into revealing what he knows about Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance and possible death. Investigators are offereing a $25,000 award for any information in the case that will lead to an arrest. 

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