Brittanee Drexel was 17 in April 2009 when she went missing during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, Florida. Sadly, Fox 29 reported her remains were found in May of this year, approximately 30 miles from where she was reported missing.
At a news conference, Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said that Drexel was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Raymond Douglas Moody, a man with an “extensive sex offender history.”
The New York Post reports that new text messages from the day Drexel disappeared have been made available.
Shortly before Drexel’s disappearance, she sent messages to her boyfriend, who was in New York at the time that he called “concerning.”
In one message, Drexel stated that she was “so heated” but would share details later.
“Ill tell you later when you call me.. Im so heated,” Drexel wrote, according to court documents obtained by news station WCSC.
Within an hour of her abduction, Drexel texted her friend about a pair of shorts she borrowed and her plans to meet at the hotel to return them.
Surveillance video shows she entered the Blue Water Resort before 9 p.m.
At 8:58 p.m., Drexel texted her boyfriend: “I’m staying in packing and going to sleep probably.”
The text did not sit well with Drexel’s boyfriend, who texted back to see if anything was wrong. There was no reply.
No calls or text messages were made from Drexel’s phone after 8:58 p.m.
Her boyfriend and friends with her at Myrtle Beach grew increasingly concerned. One texted: “Send me something we think ur [sic] missing.”
Another wrote, “Stop playing games.”
The New York Post noted that Drexel’s phone “continued to ping off cell towers in different locations before dying at 11:57 p.m.”
Last month, Raymond Douglas Moody pled guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering Drexel.
In a statement to police, Moody claimed that Drexel voluntarily got into his car on the night of April 25. Moody drove to a campground where he flew into a rage and raped Drexel before killing her.
The Drexel’s family continues to grieve the loss of their daughter.
“For 13 years, I have searched for Brittanee, and for 13 years, I suffered the loss of a child,” her mother, Dawn Drexel, told Myrtle Beach Online last month.
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