Brittanee Marie Drexel

Brittanee, circa 2009; Brittanee on surveillance camera footage the night of her disappearance; Age-progression to age 20 (circa 2011); Timothy Taylor

  • Missing Since 04/25/2009
  • Missing From Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 10/07/1991 (30)
  • Age 17 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'0, 103 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white, teal and gray spaghetti-strap top, black shorts and white or silver flip-flops. A photo of Brittanee wearing those clothes is posted with this case summary.
  • Medical Conditions Brittanee suffers from depression.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/green eyes. Brittanee has blonde highlights in her hair. Her ears and nose are pierced and she wears blue-tinted contact lenses. She frequently changes her hair's style and color. Brittanee's nickname is Britt. She is of Turkish descent.

Details of Disappearance

Brittanee resided in Rochester, New York in 2009; she was a junior at Gates-Chili High School, where she was a star player on the soccer team. Her parents are legally separated and Brittanee lived with her mother, but saw her father frequently.

In April 2009, Brittanee asked for her mother's permission to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for spring break with her friends and longtime boyfriend. Her mother said no, they argued about it, and Brittanee got permission to go to a friend's home. She went to Myrtle Beach in spite of what her mother said.

Her mother was unaware of this; she thought Brittanee was staying with a friend locally. They spoke several times on the telephone after she arrived in South Carolina. Brittanee's mother didn't find out where her daughter really was until she was notified that Brittanee had disappeared.

Brittanee's friends last saw her Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach at 8:00 p.m. on April 25, 2009. Brittanee walked more than a mile to the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard, where other friends were staying. Surveillance cameras there show her going into the resort, then leaving sometime after 8:30 p.m. At 9:15 p.m., she sent a text message to one of her friends saying she was going to see a friend who was staying at another hotel. She has never been heard from again.

She left all her clothes behind at her hotel room. Her beige purse and pink cellular phone disappeared with her. The phone's last signal was near U.S. 17 and the Charleston County line the night Brittanee went missing. Since then its battery has died.

In the summer of 2016, investigators announced they believe they know what happened to Brittanee, and named a suspect in her case. They believe she was held against her will for four days before being murdered. A witness, Taquan Brown, testified he'd seen Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor and several other people sexually assaulting Brittanee at a drug dealer's "stash house" in McClellanville, South Carolina, a small town about sixty miles south of Myrtle Beach. Timothy's father, Shaun Taylor, was also present.

Police believe Timothy planned to force Brittanee into prostitution, but after her disappearance received widespread publicity, he decided to kill her. At one point, Brittanee tried to escape and ran from the house, but she was caught, pistol-whipped and taken back inside. Brown says he later heard two gunshots and later saw Brittanee's cloth-wrapped body carried out of the house. It was supposedly dumped in one of the many local alligator pits.

A photo of Timothy is posted with this case summary. He would have been sixteen years old at the time of Brittanee's disappearance and was later convicted in a 2011 robbery case; he was the getaway driver in the robbery of a restaurant.

He was convicted of the robbery in state court and sentenced to eighteen months of probation, which he completed, but he was charged again in federal court. Federal prosecutors don't usually charge people who were already convicted in state court, but they did so in this instance in part because of Timothy's suspected role in Brittanee's disappearance. In December 2019, he pleaded guilty to one of the federal charges in exchange for a sentence of three years of probation.

Timothy maintains his innocence in Brittanee's case and, due to lack of evidence, he has not faced charges in connection with her disappearance. He claims he doesn't even know Brown, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

Brown's his account of Brittanee's murder has not been substantiated by other eyewitnesses, although a second police informant says he heard about what happened from another eyewitness. A search of the house where she supposedly died turned up nothing. Authorities are searching for Brittanee's remains; there are dozens of alligator pits in the McClellanville area.

Brittanee moved frequently during her childhood because her father was in the military. Her parents describe her as a very resourceful, strong-minded and independent young woman. She was upset over her parents' pending divorce, but they don't believe she ran away, as this is uncharacteristic of her and they don't think she would have left her clothes behind. Her boyfriend of three years agrees with this assessment.

Brittanee was studying cosmetology in high school and is very interested in fashion and wearing stylish outfits. Her case remains unsolved.

Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 10, 2019; details of disappearance updated.