Sunday 19 January 2020

Missing teenager 'gang-raped, shot and fed to alligators'

Brittanee Drexel
Brittanee Drexel
Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

A teenager who went missing after going on a spring break holiday was raped, shot and fed to alligators, the FBI has revealed.

In 2009, Brittanee Drexel (17) travelled to Myrtle Beach from Rochester, New York in 2009 with some friends without telling her parents where she was going.

She disappeared without a trace after leaving her friend’s hotel on April 25. 

However, the FBI has now revealed what they believe happened to the teenager after receiving information from a prisoner.

The inmate who gave the alleged confession, Taquan Brown, is serving a 25-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter in a different case.

Brown told authorities he was present in the stash house during the last months of Ms Drexel’s life.

Agent Gerrick Munoz  gave the first detailed account of what investigators think happened to Brittane.

His account, contained in a federal court transcript obtained by The Post and Courier paper of Charleston, is based on a statement from a prison inmate who claims he was present when she was killed.

Brown told authorities he was present during the final moments of Drexel’s life, Munoz said.

In the transcript,  Brown tells investigators that he went to a "stash house" in the McClellanville area in the days after Drexel was abducted. He said he saw saw Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor (then aged 16) "sexually abusing Brittanee Drexel," the agent said.

In his depositionn, Brown said he saw others in the room with the girl and Da'Shaun Taylor, and he kept walking through the house to the back yard to give some money to Da'Shaun Taylor's father, Shaun Taylor.

Seconds later, Drexel ran from the house. However, she was "pistol-whipped" and taken back inside.

According to Brown's account, he heard two gunshots and he assumed that Shaun Taylor shot the girl. The teen's body was then taken away.

Agent Munoz said that the girl's body has not been found but "several witnesses have told us Miss Drexel's body was placed in a pit, or gator pit, to have her body disposed of. Eaten by the gators."

Munoz told the court that investigators have searched several alligator ponds to no avail.  Investigators also have searched the stash house, the agent testified.

The FBI agent's testimony came out during a bond hearing on an unusual charge against Da'Shaun Taylor that his attorney, David Aylor, characterized in the transcript as "clearly nothing but a squeeze-job" designed to pressure him into confessing.

The FBI announced in June that it is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Ms Drexel's murder.

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