McClellanville, S.C./Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For the first time, the FBI confirms that 17 year old Brittanee Drexel is dead and police need help from the public to find her killer.
Investigators said Wednesday at a news conference that Drexel, was held against her will for several days in the area about 60 miles south of Myrtle Beach.
They added that they believe she was killed in the area of Georgetown, about 60 miles south of Myrtle Beach. It is there that Drexel's cell phone gave off its last known signal.
A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and successful conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in Drexel's death.
Drexel, who lived in Chili, disappeared in 2009 in Myrtle Beach while on a trip with friends.
Police have questioned dozens of individuals, including the Rochester friends who traveled to Myrtle Beach with Brittanee. It was an impromptu trip she never sought permission from her parents to take.
Each year, family and friends gather to remember Brittanee on the day she disappeared.
The Drexel's appealed for help from the public to find her killer and her remains.
"We need your help so we can find Brittanee's remains and bring her home and lay her to rest," said Dawn Drexel. "Help us bring these killers to justice."
The FBI tells us they are not releasing all the information they have on the case, but felt it was important to let the Drexel's and the community know Brittanee was killed. They do not have a suspect but have interviewed hundreds of people and will interview many more. They want to fulfill a promise they made to the Drexel's seven years ago, to let them know what happened and who did this.