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She disappeared during spring break in 2009. Cops say they found her body and killer

Georgetown Sheriff

The body of a 17-year-old New York girl who disappeared on a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2009 has been found and identified. , raping and strangling her.

At a press conference on Monday, Brittanee Drexel’s family listened to a parade of law enforcement officials discuss the ‘bittersweet’ twist to the cold case, but offered no details on the how they were able to solve it after so long.

“It really is a mother’s worst nightmare,” said Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Pleckan. “I mourn my beautiful daughter today, as I have for 13 years.”

The man charged with killing the teenager is Raymond Moody, 62, who has a rap sheet that dates back to 1983. He was arrested on May 4 for obstruction and then hit other charges after investigators dug up Brittanee’s body in Harmony Township, about 40 miles from where she was last seen.

Authorities said they learned of a possible burial site on April 26 and found the remains on closed private property on May 11. The victim was identified by dental records, then by DNA.

Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said that after the teenager disappeared, the Drexel family “promised that all resources would be used to find the answer to what happened to Brittanee, where is it happened, how did it happen and why did it happen.

“The why may never be known or understood, but today this task force can confidently and unhesitatingly answer the rest of these questions as well as who is responsible.”

Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock seemed on the verge of tears as she said “every police officer has this case that frequents their every waking thought. This was the case for many people on our team.

“While we are certainly grateful to have been able to bring an end to Brittanee’s family, Brittanee’s friends and our community…this is not the final chapter we were hoping for.”

Moody spent two decades in prison for the sexual assault of a child and was released in 2004. In 2012, he was publicly named as a person of interest after investigators searched a hotel room in which he had been staying around the time Brittanee disappeared on her spring break. adventure three years earlier.

Another man, Timothy Taylor, was named a person of interest several years later, based on testimony from prison informants. WCIV reports that the FBI says Taylor is no longer a suspect.

“Throughout the investigation, we followed several leads where they led us and until those leads were concluded. This part of the investigation has been concluded and we are satisfied that with the arrest of Moody, we have the man responsible for Brittanee’s murder,” the FBI said in a statement.

Taylor’s attorney said in a statement that “I hope the FBI will have the decency to release a statement exonerating Mr. Taylor with the same fanfare as when he was falsely accused.”

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