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Mother of missing NY teen continues search

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MYRTLE BEACH,SC (WMBF) - The mother of a missing New York teenager is back in Myrtle Beach this week, hoping new developments will answer questions about her disappearance.

"I miss my daughter. I miss her so much," Dawn Drexel said Thursday. "I just want her to come back home."

Brittanee Drexel, 17, went missing in April while on vacation in Myrtle Beach for spring break, and Dawn Drexel got back into Myrtle Beach around 5 a.m. Thursday to continue the search for her daughter.

"You have to keep their name out there," she commented. "A lot of people don't do that."

However, the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons does, and that's part of the reason why Dawn Drexel is back. The CUE Center is profiling Brittanee this weekend, and hopes to get some attention from the Larry King Live show.

"It's hard, but you know if I can get coverage for Brittanee and keep her name out there and keep people looking, maybe something will come," said a spokesman for the teen's hotel.

It hasn't just been hard on Brittanee's mother. Her brother celebrated his 6th birthday without his sister.

"He actually got some balloons for his birthday and he ended up writing on them 'I love you Brit' and sent them up in the air thinking his sister may get them," Dawn Drexel said.

Though it has been tough for Dawn Drexel, she still has her hope, and that's what gets her through.

"We did have to come to the realization that she may not be alive," she said. "But we're still hoping that we'll be able to find her."

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