Runaway or Missing Person? Brittanee Drexel


By: Jamarria Pyatt


In 2009, Dawn Drexel received the worst news of her life. John Grecio, boyfriend of then 17 year old Brittanee Drexel, notified her at 9:15 pm at night that Brittanee had gone missing. Brittanee and Grecio had been in touch all day, but around 9:00 pm she stopped answering calls and texts. Grecio texted Brittanee and said, “If you don’t respond to my message, I’m going to call your mom and let her know that you’re in Myrtle Beach.”

Brittanee Marie Drexel, 17,  was from Rochester, New York. She was on Spring Break, and against her mother’s wishes she came to Myrtle Beach. Her family was under the impression that Brittanee was with friends at nearby Charlotte Beach in New York State for the week. She left for Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, April 24th, 2009 and arrived on Thursday. She spoke to her mother each day, leading her to believe her daughter was in New York. Drexel was there with 3 friends, those friends were: Jennifer Oberer, Phillip Oberer and Allana Lippa. They stayed at the Bar Harbor Resort on North Ocean Boulevard. “I told her I didn’t know the kids, there was no parental supervision, and I told her if she came to Myrtle Beach, something would happen to her,” said Dawn Drexel. A Myrtle Beach Police report shows that the last person to see Drexel in Myrtle Beach was Peter Brozowitz.

The report also says Brittanee met the five men the following morning, April 25, on the beach near the Bluewater Resort between 11 a.m. and noon, and again in the group’s room at around 8 p.m.. Drexel has not been seen since she left the Bluewater Resort around 8:10 p.m. on April 25. No charges have ever been filed in the Brittanee Drexel case, and many think that Drexel was taken from Ocean blvd. and placed into human trafficking to be used for work and sex.

So was Brittanee Drexel a runaway or was she kidnapped? The last time she was seen was April 25, 2009 around 8:10 p.m. If you have any information about the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, call the MBPD at 918-1300, CUE at 910-343-1131 or 910-232-1687 or the human trafficking hotline at 188-373-7888, or text BeFree (233733). “You never give up,” Brittanee’s grandmother said.


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