Remains of NY teen Brittanee Drexel found 13 years after going missing in South Carolina, suspect charged

Brittanee Drexel was visiting the tourist hotspot of Myrtle Beach en abril 2009 when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Raymond Douglas Moody, las autoridades dijeron el lunes. Her body was found Wednesday in Georgetown, algunos 35 miles from where she disappeared, Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said at a news conference.

Drexel was walking between hotels when she was last seen. Su novio, who was in Rochester, Nueva York, became concerned when she stopped answering text messages.

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The body of Brittanee Drexel was found 13 years after she went missing while on spring break in South Carolina, las autoridades dijeron el lunes.

The body of Brittanee Drexel was found 13 years after she went missing while on spring break in South Carolina, las autoridades dijeron el lunes. (La Prensa Asociada)

The discovery of Drexel’s body came after authorities received tips. Moody was arrested May 4 on an obstruction of justice charge. Investigators determined he raped and killed Drexel. Arrest warrants said Drexel had been strangled the night she died.

Weaver said Moody has anextensive sex offender historybut did not provide details. Moody is on South Carolina’s sex offender registry for 1983 convictions in California for sodomy by force of someone under 14 and kidnapping, according to State Law Enforcement Division Records.

The sheriff, the Myrtle Beach police chief, the FBI agent in charge of South Carolina and solicitor all said little Monday about what helped them crack the case after 13 years of wild rumors that included stash houses for sexual abuse victimsbodies to be fed to alligators and rumored links to other missing women.

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter. The search for Brittanee is now a pursuit of Brittanee’s justice,” said Drexel’s mother Dawn. “This is truly a mother’s worst nightmare. I am mourning my beautiful daughter Brittanee as I have for the past 13 años.”

This photo provided by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office shows Raymond Douglas Moody. He is charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the death of Brittanee Drexel, who was last seen in 2009 while visiting South Carolina for spring break. (Georgetown County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This photo provided by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office shows Raymond Douglas Moody. He is charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the death of Brittanee Drexel, who was last seen in 2009 while visiting South Carolina for spring break. (Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office via AP) (AP)

Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock said she was working as an officer at the time Drexel disappeared.

It’s not the final chapter we had been hoping for,” Prock said Monday. “Every police officer has that one case that frequents their every waking thought. This was that case for many people.

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