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New website expands search for missing NY teen

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - After eight months of searching along the coast of South Carolina, the family of a 17-year-old girl who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach is hoping a new website will generate leads about her disappearance.

The CUE Center for Missing Persons says features a new way for the community to submit web-generated tips on the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, who was last seen on April 25 after meeting up with friends from her hometown in Myrtle Beach.

The website also features pictures from search efforts in Horry, Georgetown and Charleston counties for Drexel, in addition to the teen's description, links to search updates and upcoming fundraising events.

Myrtle Beach Police say the New York teen disappeared after she was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach. Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was in the area against the will of her mother.

Contact was lost between Drexel and her family in New York on April 25, the same night authorities say she disappeared.

Since she went missing, multiple search efforts for the teen have been executed from Horry County to Charleston County. While investigators have searched throughout three counties, each search effort has left police empty handed.

In their most recent attempt, a search team consisting of approximately 70 people combed through an unidentified area of Georgetown County after a pair of knock-off Prada sunglasses were discovered near a body of water.

Those sunglasses, according to investigators, matched those worn by Drexel in a photo taken with friends in Myrtle Beach before her disappearance. Monica Caison with the CUE Center for Missing Persons says the sunglasses were located by a group of people collecting wood for a fire in December.

Members of the CUE Center, in coordination with investigators from the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the Myrtle Beach Police Department used search dogs, multiple boats, divers and a remote-controlled robotic camera to search the immediate area where the Prada sunglasses were found.

Despite using a variety of search tactics, Caison says investigators exhausted their search without any additional leads.

CrimeStoppers of the Lowcountry continues to offer a reward for any information on Drexel's whereabouts.  Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Drexel is urged to contact the agency at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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