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Brittanee Marie Drexel of Rochester, N.Y was last seen on April 25, 2009 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Fundraiser to “Fill the Dome to Bring Brittanee Home”

There will be another fundraiser Friday night to help aid the search for missing Gates Chili High School junior Brittanee Drexel.

The Dome Arena in Henrietta will host “Fill the Dome to Bring Brittanee Home,” which is three parties in one place. Proceeds will go toward funding the search for the missing teen.

Reality show celebrities from VH1 will be on hand. Some came in early to meet Brittanee’s family. This event is the work of family friend Chuck Lamagra.

Brittanee Marie Drexel, 17,, is described as 5-feet tall, weighing approximately 103 pounds. She has brown, shoulder-length, straight hair and blue eyes.

If you have any info about Drexel, call the Myrtle Beach Police Department call (843) 918-1382.


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Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Today it has been two years since Kara Kopetsky was last seen leaving school in Belton, Mo. There is a $30,000 reward being offered for information that leads to finding Kara.


She is listed at the NCMEC as Case Type:Endangered Missing.

Kara Kopetsky


Missing teen Kara Kopetsky’s family wants answers

Seventeen-year-old Kara Kopetsky of Belton hasn’t been seen since May 4. All her family and friends have left of her are pictures like this, propped up against a vigil candle that her stepfather and mother, Jim and Rhonda Beckford, keep burning in their living room. Below, family photos of Kara as a happy child and with her brother, Thomas.

MISSING Kara (it’s pronounced CAR-uh) Kopetsky Last seen: May 4 at Belton High School Appearance: White female; 5 feet, 5 inches tall; 125 pounds; light brown hair; hazel eyes; scar on forehead What she was wearing: Blue jeans, black studded belt, gray T-shirt with white skulls on it, black and gray Vans sneakers with bleach splotches and black leather hobo bag If you have information: Call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477)

Authorities also need help in finding Jesse Ross who was last seen on November 21, 2006. Although Jesse is missing from Chicago, Illinois he originally resides in Belton, Missouri.

Meanwhile, the search is continuing in SC for Brittanee Drexel. Her poster has been updated at the NCMEC with an additional photo.

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A 4-year-old child is missing in North Charleston, SC. He isn’t listed at the NCMEC though he was last seen around 7:30 yesterday morning. North Charleston is approximately 100 miles south of Myrtle Beach where the search continues for missing Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, NY.

North Charleston police search for missing child and woman

North Charleston police officers are searching for a missing woman and a four-year-old boy.

Jerome Smalls was last seen with Sara Gathers, his father’s fiancé. The child’s father, also named Jerome Smalls, says the two were last seen around 7:30 yesterday morning.

Smalls says Gathers suffers from schizophrenia and has gone missing before, last time checking into a medical facility. He says he’s already checked local hospitals with no luck.

Gathers is known to frequent the downtown area around Piggly Wiggly. She is 5’8, 250 lbs and was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt. The child is 3’2 and 42 lbs.

If you have any information, please call the North Charleston Police Department.

Visit the South Carolina Attorney General and though the Attorney General’s office is working with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to find South Carolina’s missing children you won’t find Jerome there.

South Carolina Registry Of Missing Children

Nothing is more distressing than the disappearance of a child. Unfortunately, thousands of parents nationwide live daily with the painful knowledge that a child — a son or daughter — has been abducted or become lost. Some of these children are eventually returned to their homes. A few are found brutally murdered. In some cases, the parents never hear from them again.

The Attorney General’s office is working with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to find South Carolina’s missing children.

Update 05-05-09: BREAKING: Missing child and woman found

North Charleston police say a woman and child who were last seen Friday morning are safe this morning.

Sara Gathers and four-year-old Jerome Smalls were found outside of the Piggly Wiggly on Meeting Street.

Officials are now transporting them to the hospital to be checked out.

Smalls’ father says Gathers is his fiancé and she suffers from schizophrenia and has taken off before…last time she checked into a medical facility.

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The story about,  Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old on spring break without her parents permission, has generated a lot of media attention and hopes are she is recovered unharmed. But why do some of these children, believed to be missing and endangered, receive no coverage at all?

At the NCMEC, there are 683 children listed under Case Type: Endangered Missing. One of them is Briana Marie Nagel . Unlike Brittanee, Amber Dubois  missing since Feb. 13, 2009 from Escondido, Ca. or Kara Kopetsky  missing since May 4, 2007  from Belton, Mo. whose stories were in the headlines, hers was not.

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There is this cryptic message describing the circumstances of her disappearance on her missing poster.

Although she is missing from Fort Washington, Maryland, the Allegheny County Police Department is interested in her whereabouts. Her ears are pierced. She was last seen wearing a navy blue hoodie, blue jeans and pink and white Reebok sneakers.

Alleghany County Police Department (Pennsylvania) 1-412-473-3000

Other Endangered Missing children have no information regarding their disappearances.

Missing Since: 1/15/08
Age Now: 16
Missing from: CHICAGO, IL

Missing Since: 3/6/09
Age Now: 16
Missing from: BALTIMORE, MD

Missing Since: 7/8/06
Age Now: 15
Missing from: SAN LORENZO, PR

Missing Since: 6/16/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: HARLINGEN, TX

Missing Since: 6/3/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: SELLS, AZ

Missing Since: 7/9/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: CLEVELAND, OH

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Many people are asking, in the disappearance of missing Brittanee Marie Drexel of Rochester, N.Y, how she could travel to Myrtle Beach without her family being aware. What many may not realize are the various travel options that were available to her.

Two years ago, a 15-year-old girl was allowed to fly unaccompanied without identification, using a false name, on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle with a one way ticket to North Carolina to potentially meet  a boy she met online . Her efforts were thwarted by the FBI.

Last fall in the abduction of a 5-year-old Austin,Tx. girl, the kidnapper was able to flee with her via a Greyhound bus which prompted her mother to plea for your help.


Maybe you can assist me. My daughter and David Michael Snyder were allowed to leave on a Greyhound bus with no ID required and no questions asked. I am wanting to try and enact a law which would require that buses be forced to require valid picture ID on all passengers. To date, buses are pretty much allowed to do what they want and no one over-sees their activities. This is why they are the chosen mode of transport for criminals like David Michael Snyder. I would really appreciate any help you could offer or any advise you could offer. Thanks so very much. I appreciate it.

Melissa Trimble

Yesterday there was this story of the 13-year-old Florida child who accomplished what many of us would find unthinkable.

 Boy Flies to California Without Telling Parents


BOCA RATON, FL (AP) — The parents of a 13-year-old South Florida boy are stunned he went unnoticed when he got on a plane to California.

Kenton Weaver took his father’s car Tuesday morning, drove about 30 miles to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, parked the car caught a flight to San Jose near where his mother lives.

The boy was found at a ticket counter at the California airport and taken to an uncle’s house. No word yet on whether the boy will return to Florida.

His parents says the teen has a form of autism and was fascinated with planes.

He used one of his father’s credit cards to buy the ticket, but had no ID on him. Airport and transportation officials say anyone under 18 years of age only needs a boarding pass to get on a plane.

There were also unconfirmed sightings of her traveling on a bus yesterday but there was no indication, if it was her,that anyone at the bus company was on the lookout for her.

MYRTLE BEACH – The person police witnesses reported as a missing New York teenager and who police actively sought along Ocean Boulevard wasn’t Brittanee Drexel, police officials said.

Police and family scoured the area around Ocean Boulevard earlier in the week, passing out fliers with Drexel’s information on it, looking for any answers to her disappearance.

No one claims to have seen Drexel since Saturday night.

According to police, the woman who busriders thought was Drexel was actually a woman who works at one of the hotels on the boulevard.


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Why did it take until Tuesday afternoon to enter Brittanee Drexel as a missing child at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)? Shouldn’t she have been entered into the NCMEC database once she was entered into the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computers? It would seem it would have been the ideal time to obtain a waiver from her parent or guardian, so it was on file at the NCMEC giving them permission to disseminate her photograph, if that is the reason for the delay.

According to SCNow.com:  

Police entered Drexel’s description into the National Crime Information Center database on Sunday.


On the NCMEC site they have tips of what to do should your child “runaway”. Some of them are:

Make sure law enforcement enters your child’s name and description into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) databases. Law-enforcement agencies across the country have access to NCIC. This information will not give your child a record with law enforcement, but it may aid in his or her safe return.
If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the FBI will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

Remember no matter what you have been told, there is no law requiring a waiting period for reporting a child, who is younger than 21, to law enforcement or for entry into NCIC. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-248) mandates entry must be made by law enforcement into NCIC’s Missing Person File within 2 hours’ receipt of a report of a missing or abducted child.

Make sure that law enforcement passes on the necessary information about your child to the missing-child clearinghouse within your state or territory.

If you have not done so,report your missing child to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. Ask about other missing-child organizations throughout the United States that may assist in the search.

Searching for updates on another missing teen, Kara Kopetsky  is listed at the NCMEC as Endangered Missing. She has been missing since May 4, 2007.

Teen argued with teacher, left school and vanished

When Kara didn’t come home from school as usual, her family — mother Rhonda, stepfather Jim and stepbrother Thomas — grew worried. They filed a missing persons report later that afternoon.
Police told them they believed Kara was a runaway, and that she’d come back on her own in a few days.

Other children  last seen walking to or from school are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes  last seen in Jacksonville, Fl. on Feb 10, 2005 and Amber Dubois  last seen on Feb 13, 2009.

Update 05-05-09: When hearing of a Texas based non-profit group in Myrtle Beach to help in the search for Brittanee you may think it is Texas Equusearch who recently helped search for Caylee Anthony in Florida but you would be mistaken as there are members of another Texas based group the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children.

“We’re still looking for her,” Knipes said. “She could be a runaway, a missing person or an abduction. We don’t have a label on it.”

Also Monday, two representatives from the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children arrived in Myrtle Beach to assist in the search, according to Bob Walcutt, executive director. The Texas-based group’s mission statement is to “prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, community and a missing child’s family.”

Update 05-06-09: Crime Stoppers offers reward up to $1000 in Brittanee Drexel disappearance

The public is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers if they, or someone they know, have any information regarding the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, or of any other crimes, by phone at 1-888-274-6372 (1-888-CRIME-SC), or on the web at http://www.5541111.com. Anonymous text tips can be sent to Crimes Stoppers by starting a new text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “CSL”. All contact remains anonymous and tipsters could earn a reward up to $1000.

Update 05-09-09: N.Y. pastor offers additional $10,000 for info on missing teen

An Albany, N.Y., pastor has offered to pitch in $10,000 of his own money to up the reward for information regarding Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old from Rochester, N.Y.

Pastor Charles Muller of Victory Christian Church said he regularly works with teens in his community through mission centers and anti-violence projects. However, when he read about Drexel, who went missing April 25 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, it hit close to home.

Update 05-14-09: Police Investigate Possible Sighting of Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Police are investigating a possible sighting at a gas station of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Capt. David Knipes said detectives are reviewing surveillance camera footage from a Scotchman convenience store at a gas station in Socastee, S.C., after a woman fitting 17-year-old Drexel’s description was reported to have been there Thursday morning.

The Brittanee look-alike used the ATM about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, left the station’s store and then drove away in a red Dodge Stratus with New York license plates, Knipes said.

The vehicle’s plate number is EJS-9543.

Update 05-15-09: Police Determine Look-Alike Is Not Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Update 06-03-09: Brittanee Drexel Update

In five weeks of searching, there has been no sign of Brittanee Drexel. There have been dozens of leads and sightings. None have panned out.

Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Drexel, has been in South Carolina since the beginning. She is determined as ever, but she told News 10NBC by phone Wednesday she’s emotionally spent.

“This is very, very difficult because you don’t know, you just don’t know if she’s still here with us…or she’s not….But we’re trying to keep hopeful that we can find her still,” Drexel said.

Drexel has traveled to Charleston and points in between, talking to people, handing out flyers. This weekend, Brittanee’s story will air on “America’s Most Wanted.” That gives Dawn Drexel hope.

“I’m trying to get her on national television and keep her face out there so if somebody did see something or heard something, that they would come forward.”

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There have been two tragedies this year involving missing children who have drowned just a short distance from the safety of their own backyards.  In both instances the children were only briefly out of their parents sight. 

Last month a Morgan Nick AMBER Alert was activated for 3-year-old Dominick Wesley Arceneaux, who disappeared in the afternoon near Chidester in Ouachita County, Arkansas. His body was later found in the lake about 300 feet from his mother’s mobile home.

Yesterday, a search ended for 2-year-old William Eschenbach in Spartanburg County, S.C. He was believed to have wandered from his backyard the day before. William’s body was found in the river by search about a mile away from his home.

In Orlando, Fl. a 2-year-old died after being found in a swimming pool.
Boy, 2, Found In Murky Pool Dies

ORLANDO, Fla. – Investigators are working to find out what lead to the death of a Central Florida 2-year-old who drowned in his grandmother’s pool.

As Spring approaches and the weather warms it is important parents/caregivers remain vigilant in their continued efforts to protect their children. In previous years, children have suffocated in car trunks, abandoned refrigerators, or other appliances after they became inviting places to play when tempatures warmed.

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