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Where is Brittanee Drexel? Chili, New York teen goes missing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Brittanee Marie Drexel, 17, was born in Rochester, New York, United States to Dawn Drexel and John Kahyaoglu, who is of Turkish descent. Dawn and Kahyaoglu, who lives in Tampa, Florida, USA, were never married.

Shortly after giving birth to Brittanee, Dawn married Chad Drexel, who then adopted Brittanee. Dawn is the daughter of Al Wagner and Carol Wagner, who live in Rockport, New York.

Brittanee was born with persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous in her right eye, which later became blind. She had to wear contact lenses to cover her right eye’s tendency to wander, giving her a distinctive appearance.


In 2006, Brittanee started dating John Grieco, who is two years older than her. She has a younger sister named Myrissa Drexel, 5.

In December 2007, Brittanee reunited with Kahyauglo. When Chad and Dawn separated in 2008, Brittanee remained with her mother in Chili, New York but kept in close contact with Chad. 

A junior at Gates-Chili High School in Gates, New York, Brittanee asked her mother if she could go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA during her spring break from school in 2009. Dawn did not give her permission because there is no paternal supervision.


On April 22, 2009, Brittannee told her mother she was going to spend the weekend at a friend’s house in New York but the teenager actually travelled to Myrtle Beach with three friends namely Jennifer Oberer, Phillip Oberer and Allana Lippa. Brittannee talked to Dawn on April 24, 2009 and on April 25, 2009, making the mother believe that her daughter was in New York during those days.

On the evening of April 24, 2009, Brittannee was with her friend Peter Brozowitz, 20, at Club Kryptonite, a nightclub at U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. He is a promoter at a club in Rochester.

Borotwitz shared a room at the Bluewater Resort in Myrtle Beach with fellow Rochester residents Anthony Schimizzi, Phillip Watson, Keith Cummings and Matthew Abrams. Brittanee stayed in room 301 of the Bar Harbor Resort in the 100 block of North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach with Jennifer, Phillip and Lippa.

Between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on April 25, 2009, Brittanee met Borotwitz, Schimizzi, Watson, Cummings and Abrams on the beach near the Bluewater Resort. She was with the five men in their room at around 8:00 p.m.

At around 8:10 p.m., Brittanee left the Bluewater Resort. Her last text message to Grieco, who was in Rochester, was sent at around 9:15 p.m.

One of Brittanee’s companions in Myrtle Beach called Grieco to tell him they could not find his girlfriend she was not answering their calls. He later called Dawn, who then found out that her daughter was actually in Myrtle Beach and not in New York.

The last signal from Brittanee’s cell phone came near the South Santee River that evening. The last person who saw her alive was Borowitz, who checked out of the Bluewater Resort at around 1:00 a.m. on April 26, 2009, leaving Schimizzi, Watson, Cummings and Abrams at the resort.

Anyone with information about Brittanee Drexel‘s possible whereabouts is asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1382.

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