A teenage girl vanished seven years ago when she was on vacation in Myrtle Beach. Her mysterious disappearance caught the attention of the nation, and for years the search efforts would pop up routinely in headlines. The FBI has solved the mystery of what happened to the young girl and revealed her tragic fate to the public.
Brittanee Drexel was a typical 17-year-old girl. Unfortunately, she made some typical 17-year-old-girl mistakes, and those mistakes cost the teen her life. Now, the grisly details of her death have been made public.
Drexel was on spring break and told her mother that she was going to be staying at a friend’s house close to her home in Rochester, New York. Instead, Drexel went to South Carolina for the weekend with another group of friends. She left a friend in one hotel and went to walk back to her hotel where she was staying. She never made it, and was never seen alive again.
When her boyfriend back home in New York was unable to get in touch with her, he came clean and told her parents what was happening. They were also unable to get into contact with their daughter and called police. A massive search was conducted for the girl who seemingly vanished without a trace.
For years, there was much speculation about what happened to the girl. Some wondered if she ran away. Some wondered if she was abducted for sex trafficking. Some wondered if she simply ran into the wrong person and was murdered.
FBI agents said an inmate who was sentenced to 25 years for voluntary manslaughter in an unrelated case revealed that he knew her fate. Taquan Brown said that just a couple of days after her abduction, he saw her in a ‘stash house’ being sexually abused. Brown said he saw her try to run from the house, but she was caught, ‘pistol-whipped’ and brought back inside. He then heard two shots. Later, Brown saw the girl’s body wrapped up being taken away.
Several witnesses confirmed Brown’s story, and report that the body was disposed of in an alligator pit.
In an investigation into Brown’s claims, authorities found that Drexel was reportedly picked up in Myrtle Beach by 16-year-old Da’Shaun Taylor, who brought her to ‘show her off’ to his friends. She was passed around and forced to perform sexual acts with the men.
The teen spent her last three days held prisoner by them while they gang-raped her. After the media frenzy over her disappearance ramped up, they felt keeping the girl was a liability, especially after she made a failed attempt at escaping. They shot her dead and fed her body to alligators.
Police said her cell phone last pinged 40 miles away from Myrtle Beach near McClellanville, South Carolina. This is around the area where Brown revealed the stash house to be.
Taylor, who was out on parole after being convicted in a McDonald’s robbery, was taken into custody and charges are pending.