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Family hosts self-defense session to remember missing Chili teen

April 27, 2019 10:52 PM

WEBSTER N.Y. (WHEC) — The family of a Chili teen missing for a decade hosted an event in her memory Saturday afternoon. Brittanee Drexel was last seen on a spring break vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, against her parents' wishes. 

Security cameras captured the then 17-year-old on the Myrtle Beach strip. In 2016, the FBI announced Drexel had been a victim of human trafficking.

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Loved ones came together in Webster a decade after her disappearance to empower others with the tools to protect themselves. Instead of the typical balloon release or candle lighting, loved ones welcomed law enforcement to give presentations about social media safety, self-defense and situational awareness. 

Brittanee's father Chad Drexel says this is all-in an effort to keep others safe.

"I think that's what my daughter would want to bring this subject up," Drexel said. "We're doing this remembrance with a cause."

For the last decade, law enforcement has been searching for Drexel and following leads. Monica Caison, founder of CUE Center for Missing Persons has been on the ground in South Carolina searching too.

"Since the FBI's press conference in I believe 2016 there hasn't been a whole lot going on unless there's tips or leads coming in," Caison said. "On every missing person's case someone knows something."

In a News10NBC Exclusive Report, a jailhouse informant told Brett Davidsen he believes he knows where Brittanee was killed. That informant has since shared the information with the FBI and the bureau is following leads.

"You just have to keep putting the information out there telling people that you're not going away. We're not going to give up looking for her or any other missing person," Caison said. "You have to keep that campaign going because you never know when you'll reach that one person or one level of guilt in a person."

Chad Drexel says the family continues to keep hope alive for answers.

"My God knows what he wants and we will learn as a family what exactly happened as a definite by having faith and hope and never giving up," Drexel said.

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