Suspect Charged After Body Of Missing New York Teen Brittanee Drexel Is Discovered

In April 2009, Brittanee Drexel, 17, was in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for spring break when she went missing. She was last seen leaving a hotel a mile and a half from where she was staying.

Brittanee Drexel [main] was last seen on April 25, 2009 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now police have found her body and arrested Raymond Moody [inset] for her murder.

In April 2009, Brittanee Drexel, 17, was in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for spring break when she went missing. In 2022, police found the remains of her body and have arrested Raymond Moody, 62, in her murder.

Photo by: Myrtle Beach Police Department [left]; Georgetown County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press [right]

Myrtle Beach Police Department [left]; Georgetown County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press [right]

In 2009, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel went to celebrate spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and she never came back to her Rochester, New York, home. Her mother, Dawn Drexel, had a bad feeling about the spring break trip and said she couldn’t go, but the teen went anyway. Within days of leaving for the vacation, the teenager vanished.

Brittanee was last seen on the evening of April 25, 2009, before 9 p.m.. The Washington Post reported that hotel security footage revealed her leaving a hotel where she was visiting friends. That hotel was only a mile and a half from where the teen was staying, but something happened that prevented her from ever returning to her hotel.

Drexel’s disappearance made national headlines at the time, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies worked on the case over the 13 years since she went missing.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, Sheriff Carter Weaver of Georgetown County, South Carolina, announced in a press conference that Brittanee Drexel's body had been found on May 11, identified through dental records, and he also said that 62-year-old Raymond Moody has been charged with her murder.

According to PEOPLE, Moody was first identified as a suspect in Drexel’s murder back in 2012. It is believed he kidnapped, raped, and murdered Drexel on April 25, 2009, and then the next day he left her remains in a wooded area approximately 35 miles from where she was last seen alive. Moody has been charged with kidnapping and sexual misconduct in addition to murder.

The teen’s parents, Dawn and Chad, were present for the announcement. Her mother Dawn said, “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter. The search for Brittanee is now a pursuit of Brittanee’s justice.”

Next Up

50 Years Later, Suspect Arrested In Hawaii Murder Of Teenage Girl

On Jan. 7, 1972, Nancy Anderson’s body was found stabbed 63 times in the bedroom of her Honolulu apartment. Her case went unsolved for over 50 years.

Nearly 50 Years After Her Death, A Murdered Teen Is Linked To A Serial Killer Cop

A Florida family finally has closure after authorities identified a body recovered in 1974 as 15-year-old Susan Poole.

True Crime News Roundup: Woman Who Manipulated Boyfriend Into Killing Her Husband Sentenced

Plus: Principal accused of having yearslong sexual relationship with student; NYC teen mother allegedly threw newborn from fifth-floor window; dispute over dog turns deadly in Connecticut; and a judge denies a request for DNA testing in West Memphis Three case.

DNA Helps Solve The 1984 Cold Case Murder Of Donna Macho

New Jersey teen Donna Macho was brutally attacked and murdered in 1984, and after nearly three decades, her killer was positively identified.

South Carolina Store Owner Charged With Murder After Shooting Of 14-Year-Old Boy

14-year-old Cyrus Carmack-Belton was allegedly chased, shot, and killed by the owner of a convenience store on May 28, 2023. Rick Chow, 58, has since been charged with his murder.

Suspect Arrested In 1998 Chat Line Murder Of Teenager

On Nov. 28, 2022, over 20 years after 19-year-old Jennifer Brinkman was found killed by an ax in her Washington bedroom, a man was arrested for her murder.

True Crime News Roundup: Texas Doctor Arrested For Contaminating IV Bags After His Colleague Died

Plus: Prosecutors move to overturn Adnan Syed’s murder conviction; human remains of missing woman found; suspect in Eliza Fletcher case indicted on separate rape case; Cincinatti woman arrested after her baby dies from ‘co-sleeping’.

Man Convicted Of 1993 Cold Case Murder Of Woman Stabbed 65 Times In Her Minnesota Apartment

The victim, Jeanie Childs, “was a wonderful person” who “had a big heart,” her mother said after the verdict.

DNA From Coffee Cup Solves 1975 Cold Case Murder Of 19-Year-Old Lindy Sue Biechler

In July 2022, one of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania’s oldest cold cases was solved when David Sinopoli, 68, was arrested for the brutal murder of Lindy Sue Biechler.

True Crime News Roundup: Iowa Teenagers Allegedly Killed Spanish Teacher Over Bad Grades

Plus: Gabby Petito’s parents file lawsuit against Utah police; Handyman admits to killing New York mom; Massachusetts ‘Lady of the Dunes’ identified; Long-haul trucker accused of murdering girlfriend.