Updated: 12/30/2013 12:04 AM
Created: 12/29/2013 10:22 PM WHEC.com
Skeletal remains have been found near Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Sunday night the family of missing Chili teen Brittanee Drexel was waiting and wondering if it could be Brittanee.
News10NBC spoke with Brittanee's mother, Dawn Drexel. She was contacted Sunday by law enforcement.
Horry County Police say the remains were found Saturday scattered across a wooded area about 25 miles from where Brittanee Drexel was last seen in 2009.
It's important to note at this point police cannot confirm if the remains are human. Investigators say it appears they had been there for years, and believe they could have been moved around by an animal. K-9 teams have been out searching the area.
Right now, police tell News10NBC the remains are being sent to Texas for DNA sampling.
Brittanee Drexel disappeared on April 25, 2009 while on spring break in Myrtle Beach. She was 17-years-old at the time.
Her mother Dawn now lives in Myrtle Beach. She says it's hard to come to terms with the possibility that Brittanee could be dead. News10NBC asked her if the remains turn out to be her daughter, if it would bring her any closure.
“I don't think you ever get closure, maybe resolution. But then you have to look, it's the next step, then you have to fight for justice for your child. Believe me, whoever has done this, if it is in fact Brittanee, you can run but you can't hide,” said Dawn Drexel.
We have contacted police in Myrtle Beach and Horry County, South Carolina. So far, very little information is being released.
News10NBC hopes to get an update on the investigation on Monday and will bring you any new developments as they become available.