South Carolina – The body of a 17-year-old girl from New York who went missing while visiting Myrtle Beach in South Carolina for spring break 13 years ago has been found and a sex offender has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape, authorities said. Monday.

The last time Brittany Drexel was seen was in April 2009, when she was walking between hotels in Myrtle Beach. Her boyfriend, who stayed at home in Rochester, New York, was worried when she stopped responding to texts.

Drexel was abducted that night by Raymond Douglas Moody, who raped and killed her before burying her body the next day in the woods, Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver told a news conference Monday.

Drexel’s body was found last Wednesday in Georgetown County, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) down the coast from where she disappeared. The revelation came after a series of clues and investigations that included Moody’s arrest on May 4 on charges of obstruction of justice.

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Investigators remained silent about the break in the case until Monday, when 62-year-old Moody was charged. Prison records do not specify whether he had a lawyer.

Sheriff Weaver said Moody has a “broad history of sex offenders,” but did not provide details. Moody was listed as a South Carolina sex offender in 1983 in California, convicted of sodomy for violence against a person under the age of 14 and kidnapping, according to documents from the state’s law enforcement department.

The sheriff, Myrtle Beach police chief, an FBI agent in charge of South Carolina, and a lawyer on Monday said little about what helped them uncover the case after 13 years of wild rumors that included shelters to feed the bodies of sexual assault victims. alligators and rumors of links to other missing women.

Arrest warrants say Drexel was strangled the night she disappeared.

Police said dental records backed by DNA analysis confirm that Drexel’s remains were found last week.

“It’s a good day to soberly remember Brittany and all that she and her family have been through,” said attorney Jimmy Richardson.

Drexel’s parents made another trip to the Myrtle Beach area this week, but this was different from other visits, which included candlelight vigils, media interviews and updates from investigators without answers.

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“A new chapter begins today. Britain’s search is now Britain’s search for justice, ”Drexel’s mother Don said.

She thanked all the investigators who worked on finding her daughter.

“It’s really my mother’s worst nightmare. I’m mourning my beautiful daughter Brittany, like the last 13 years,” she said.

Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Proc was working in the department when Drexel disappeared, and said she never forgot the case when she rose to work.

“This is not the last chapter we were hoping for,” Proc said Monday. “Every police officer has one case that often provokes their every opinion.”

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