On April 25, an 80 degree Saturday afternoon, seventeen year old Brittanee Marie Drexel of Rochester, New York telephoned and told her mother Dawn that she was going to the beach, but she didn't mention which beach. Despite this duplicitous fabrication, daughter and mother were able to exchange love-filled goodbyes before they hung up the phone. This was the last time Dawn has heard from Brittanee.
The high school junior and some friends drove down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and checked in to Bar Harbor Hotel on North Ocean Boulevard. She and her friends went to the under-18 Club Kryptonite where they ran into Rochester males Peter Brozowitz, Philip Watson, Matthew Arbrams and Keith Cummings. Around 8:00 PM back at the hotel, Brittane left her friends to go visit the guys who were staying about a half-mile away at the Bluewater Resort. At about 8:45 PM, she sent a text message to one of her traveling companions, informing them that she was on her way back. Eventually, Brittanee didn't show up and failed to return phone calls. Her traveling companions notified her mother that her daughter was missing.
After hearing the phone call from hell, Dawn and several of her relatives and friends, traveled to Myrtle Beach. They're passing out flyers. Brittanee's boyfriend, John Grieco, a Marine stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, arrived and said, "I'm not going home until she's found."FROM THE OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT:
ON 04/26/2009, OFFICER CLEARY RESPONDED TO THE BAR HARBOR MOTEL, 101 N. OCEAN BLVD. WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF MYRTLE BEACH, IN REFERENCE TO A REPORT OF A MISSING PERSON.
OFFICER CLEARY MET WITH COMPLAINANT JOHN HAHN, A MARINE STATIONED AT A CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, A FAMILY FRIEND OF THE MISSING PERSON BRITTANEE DREXEL. MR. HAHN TRAVELLED TO MYRTLE BEACH AT THE REQUEST OF DAWN DREXEL, THE MISSING GIRL'S MOTHER.
MR. HAHN HAD COMMUNICATED WITH TRAVELLING FRIENDS OF BRITTANEE'S WHO REPORTED LAST HAVING CONTACT WITH HER AT APPROXIMATELY 8:00 PM, 04/25/2009. OFFICER CLEARY TELEPHONED THESE CONTACTS AND CONFIRMED SAME. OFFICER CLEARY SPOKE VIA TELEPHONE WITH DAWN DREXEL, WHO E-MAILED PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MISSING GIRL.
AS OF 4/26/2009 5:20 PM, NON OE THE ABOVE HAD YET HEARD FROM OR SEEN BRITTANEE DREXEL, WHO SUFFERS FROM DEPRESSION. TRAVELLING COMPANIONS HAD MOVED FROM THE BAR HARBOR MOTEL TO THE BOARDWALK MOTEL.
All of Brittanee's belongings, except for her cell phone, were located and accounted for. Investigators went to question the men at the Bluewater and found Peter Brozowitz had already checked out at around 1:00 AM Sunday. He drove back to Rochester, leaving behind his belongings and a $100 hotel deposit. Since then, he's retained attorney John Parrinello and is cooperating with authorities.
We don't know why he drove home at that hour. (I might do so to avoid morning traffic, but it was a Sunday morning.) Also, we don't know yet what the other guys said. There is a rumor about some argument over the shorts Brittanee had been wearing. There have been sightings of her. There is a rumor that she was seen on Sunday at the Oceanfront Bar & Grill. Someone said she saw her getting on or off a bus on North Ocean Boulevard on Wednesday. This was on the news along with the new Virgin Mary sighting. She left behind everything but her cell phone and she's not taking calls. We don't even know if she was still wearing shorts?
"Its tearing me up inside," I just heard Dawn Drexell say on the Nancy Grace program. The mother feels like giving up. There is too much confusion to offer her any hope that her daughter may be still alive.
Brittanee Drexel is described as a white female, 5 feet tall, 103 pounds, with blue eyes and shoulder-length straight brown hair. She was last seen wearing a multicolored shirt, black shorts and flip flops. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1300.
“Mademoiselle Roget left her mother’s house on Sunday morning, June the twenty-second, 18__, with the ostensible purpose of going to see her aunt, or some other connection, in the Rue des Dromes. From that hour, nobody is proved to have seen her. There is no trace or tidings of her at all. There has no person, whatever, come forward, so far, who saw her at all, on that day, after she left her mother’s door.”
Poe Note: There's an errie similarity between this missing persons case and the Mary Rogers mystery. Brittanee told her mother Dawn that she was going to the local beach, but went to Myrtle Beach. Before leaving her mother's boardinghouse on Nassau Street, Mary Rogers told her fiance that she was going to visit her Aunt uptown on Jane Street. After Mary's corpse was found floating in the Hudson a few days later, her Aunt had not only not seen her niece, but hadn't expected her.