Brittanee Drexel was last seen alive on April 25, 2009. That is when the then-17-year-old disappeared while vacationing in Myrtle Beach while on spring break. The Rochester native’s whereabouts became a widely-investigated mystery as her family and friends searched in vain to bring her home for over seven years. In June, investigators involved the case of the missing teen held a press conference; they announced to the world that they believed that Brittanee Drexel was dead and had been since just days after she went missing.
Chad Drexel breaking down. pic.twitter.com/xqK4h6YALI— Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) June 8, 2016
The FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest/conviction in the case. Brittanee Drexel’s heartbroken family had to learn to live with the pain of knowing that the young woman was never coming home.
Just this week, new details emerged in the case of Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance and heartbreaking murder.
The newly-released details in the Brittanee Drexel case are tragic and heartbreaking. They describe a terrifying end to a promising young life, and they shed some light on the horrific world of human trafficking, which is all too often hiding in plain sight. According to an FBI agent, becoming a victim of human trafficking is what ultimately cost Brittanee Drexel her life.
As People reports, the new information just being released in the disappearance and apparent murder of Brittanee Drexel is based on testimony from FBI agent Gerrick Munoz. According to Munoz, the account of Brittanee Drexel’s last moments comes from the jailhouse confession of an inmate, but the FBI agent believed the inmate’s story to be credible and apparently it was substantiated by at least one other person.
Reportedly, Munoz’s account of Drexel’s final hours was made part of the public record when the FBI agent testified at a federal hearing for Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor. Taylor is currently awaiting trial for federal robbery charges, and the hearing was to determine whether or not he should remain incarcerated in the interim. According to agent Munoz’s testimony at the August 15 hearing, Taylor played the biggest role the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, is responsible for her rape and murder, and therefore is a danger to society.
According to the FBI agent, his jailhouse source was Taquan Brown, a man who actually claims to have seen Brittanee in her final moments. Brown reportedly told Agent Munoz that he was visiting a “stash house” near McClellanville, South Carolina. Brittanee Drexel was reportedly being held there as part of a human trafficking ring, and Brown reportedly saw the teen just days after she’d disappeared.
@FoxNews Every one of these beasts should be tortured over a series of weeks and killed.— Carl (@wstaar1) August 28, 2016
Brown says he saw Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor sexually assaulting Brittanee in the safe house. He says hours later, he was outside the home where Brittanee Drexel was being “stashed” when the teen tried to escape. She she reportedly tried to run away but was nabbed by her captors, who took her back into the house. Brown says she was shot and killed following the escape attempt, and he believes that Taylor pulled the trigger.
After being murdered, Brittanee Drexel’s body was reportedly dumped in a local swampy area known as a “gator pit” so that alligators could consume and dispose of her remains. According to authorities, dozens of these pits exist in the area where Drexel was reportedly being held.
At the time of Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance and alleged murder, Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor, his attorney, and his mother have publicly denied any connection between Taylor and Drexel and have unequivocally stated that he had nothing to do with her death. During the federal bail hearing, Taylor’s mother called him a “great kid.”
Brittanee Drexel’s father, however, doesn’t think that Taylor is a “great kid.” As 13 WHAM reports, Chad Drexel claims that he has personally hired private investigators to look into the connection between Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor and his daughter. According to Brittanee Drexel’s father, he has proof that Taylor is connected to his daughter’s death. Not only that, he is livid that Taylor’s family is publicly claiming that he is innocent of all allegations levied against him.
“[Chad Drexel added that he has] other specific evidence that [he] can NOT disclose at this time…which corroborates these testimonies.”
Brittanee Drexel’s dad is promising not to give up the fight for justice for his daughter, a daughter whose remains were never found despite extensive police searches.
As for Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor, his August 15 bail hearing worked out in his favor. He is currently a free man awaiting trial on the federal robbery charges. Following the hearing in which FBI agent Munoz testified about his connection with the disappearance, rape, trafficking and murder of Brittanee Drexel, bail was set at $10,000 which was immediately posted.
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