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Remains of missing teenager Brittanee Drexel found after 2009 spring break murder

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Investigators found the remains of Brittanee Drexel in a wooded area west of Georgetown, SC last week and confirmed through dental records and DNA that they belong to the 17-year-old from Chili, NY, Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver announced during a press conference Conference.

May 16 (News) – South Carolina authorities announced Monday that they have recovered the remains of a New York teenager who went missing in the state 13 years ago during spring break.

“For the Drexel family, we mourn with you and pray for you as you navigate the tragedies of 13 years ago,” Weaver said. “No one deserves to go through this and our hearts go out to you. Our only hope is that this finding will allow your family to properly mourn the loss of Brittanee.”

Raymond Douglas Moody, 62, has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and criminal sex conduct in connection with Drexel’s death, Weaver said Monday.

He was arrested May 4 for obstruction of justice in the case and is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

Drexel disappeared on April 25, 2009 while visiting Myrtle Beach, SC for spring break where, according to warrants, she was raped and choked to death.

“Over the last week we have confirmed that Brittanee tragically lost her life at the hands of a horrific criminal who roamed our streets,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Susan Ferensic.

Drexel was last seen leaving a friend’s room at the Blue Water Resort to return to her hotel.

Authorities searched the area between Myrtle Beach and McClellanville, where a cell tower recorded the last signal from her phone, but neither the searches nor requests for tips led to the whereabouts of Drexel or her remains.

Moody allegedly buried her body shortly after her disappearance, and her remains were eventually found less than three miles from a motel where he had been living at the time.

Drexel’s parents, Dawn Pleckan and Chad Drexel, thanked investigators and volunteers for their efforts.

“It really is a mother’s worst nightmare,” Pleckan said. “I mourn the loss of my beautiful daughter, Brittanee, as I have for 13 years. But today is bittersweet. We are much closer to the closure and peace we have been desperately hoping for.”

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