Report: Witnesses claim Brittanee Drexel was kidnapped, shot and fed to alligators
Witnesses claim a missing Chili teen was kidnapped, shot and dumped into an alligator pit, according to a new report by a South Carolina paper.
The report cites a statement by an FBI agent in court papers who says he received a tip from a prison inmate. The inmate claims he was present when Drexel was killed.
Seventeen-year-old Brittanee Drexel went missing while in Myrtle Beach in 2009. Authorities have searched for years, but Drexel has never been found and no one has been charged in the case. However, earlier this year, authorities said they believe Drexel was held against her will and killed.
According to the new report, inmate Taquan Brown — who had recently been sentenced to 25 years on a manslaughter charge — made the "jailhouse confession."
The report says Brown told investigators he went to a "stash house" to meet with a friend and saw a teen sexually abusing Drexel. While Brown was at the house, the report says Drexel attempted to leave and was pistol-whipped and then shot. After that, it’s not clear what happened to Drexel. However, the FBI agent says several witness have said Drexel was placed in an alligator pit.
No one has been charged in the case and police have never officially identified any suspects or talked about what exactly they believe may have happened to Drexel. However, in June, they held a press conference where they said they believed Drexel was dead and that she had been held against her will. However, agents were quiet about how they learned of those new details.
At the press conference in McClellanville, South Carolina, Brittanee’s mother Dawn said, "Brittanee’s life was stolen from her in a brutal and senseless fashion."
Both of Brittanee’s parents also pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.
Chad Drexel said, "We need everyone’s help to bring something from her home to us. We need your help."
Dawn Drexel said, "We need your help so we can find Brittanee’s remains and bring her home to lay her to rest and make sure that monsters like this can no longer victimize this community or kill anyone else’s child."