MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The CUE Center for Missing Persons, along with local police and volunteers, began another effort Saturday to find Brittanee Drexel, the 18-year-old Rochester, NY, teen who disappeared in April.
The father of the missing teen was in South Carolina for the first time Saturday to be part of the search. He says he has been at home with his other children.
Monica Caison with the CUE Center says the organization led a very small-scale search earlier in the week with a handful of investigators with the Myrtle Beach Police Department and the FBI. She says the group searched areas near Yaupon Drive and the former Myrtle Beach Air force Base.
"There are several things were looking for, and a lot of it has been kept confidential," Caison said. "But you know, obviously any signs of anything that doesn't fit."
This weekend's search included a large wooded area south of Georgetown. Hundreds of volunteers started searching early Saturday morning and continued throughout the weekend.
Efforts were aided with ATVs, horses and dogs to help generate leads in the disappearance of Drexel.
Drexel was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach on April 25 after meeting up with friends from her hometown. Drexel, who was 17 at the time, was in Myrtle Beach on spring break, against the will of her mother.
Contact was lost with Drexel and family in New York on Saturday evening, when authorities say she disappeared.
Since her disappearance, police and regional law enforcement agencies have followed a number of leads, but all have turned into dead ends. Myrtle Beach Police suspended an active search for Drexel in June, following several weeks of no progress in the case. Investigators extended their search as far as Charleston County, along the Santee River and Coastal Reserve.
CrimeStoppers of the Lowcountry continues to offer a reward for any information on Drexel's whereabouts. Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Drexel is urged to contact the agency at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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