Brittanee Drexel’s remains are eventually found in the woods of South Carolina. Authorities say the man accused of killing New York City teenager Raymond Moody, who sexually assaulted and buried Drexel, confessed to the 2009 murder and led investigators to the burial site. Read on to learn more about this chilling story.
Who was Brittanee Drexel?
Brittanee Drexel was born in Rochester, New York on October 7, 1991 to an unmarried teenage couple, Dawn and John Kahyaoglu. Shortly after Brittanee was born, Dawn married a serviceman named Chad Drexel, who adopted the girl around this time. The family lived in the suburbs of Rochester in Chile.
Drexel was born with a persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous in her right eye, which required multiple surgeries and blinded her eye. To cover up the eye’s tendency to wander, she wore contact lenses that gave her a distinctive appearance. In May 2009, Birttanee left for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her boyfriend and friends, but never returned.
The Murder of Brittanee Drexel
In April 2009, Brittanee asked her mother if she could visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during spring break with her boyfriend and girlfriend. Her mother refused the request under the premonition that something bad would happen to her. However, Brittanee left for South Carolina on April 22 against her mother’s wishes.
In a later interview, Dawn revealed, “I didn’t know she was going, tThe day she left, she was mad at me because she asked me if she could go and I told her no. I said, ‘No adults are going there and I have no idea who these kids are and I don’t feel comfortable with that. I told him I just felt like something was going to happen to him, I just felt it. Well, his hunches were correct.
Three days later, after she and her group arrived at the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach, Brittanee called her mother once during the day and told her she was at the beach. Her mother was not alarmed, as she assumed Brittanee was referring to a beach along the shore of Lake Ontario.
That same evening, Drexel left his friends at the beachfront of the Bar Harbor Hotel to walk 1.5 miles south on South Ocean Boulevard to visit a longtime friend who was staying at the Blue Water Resort. Security cameras revealed she arrived wearing a black and white tank top, flip flops and shorts. Footage revealed she left there at 8.45am
On her way home, Drexel was texting her boyfriend, John Grieco, but around 9:15 a.m. her texts suddenly stopped and Grieco started calling her friends. After a few failed attempts, he called his mother, who called Chad and then the Rochester police. The hunt for Brittanee began then. Now all we have are his skeletal remains.
The remains of a 17-year-old (at the time of the murder) Brittanee Drexel were found in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The progress comes after 13 years of mystery and a suspect in her death is now in custody.
Authorities say the man named Raymond Mody, accused of killing a New York teenager allegedly confessed to the 2009 murder, and then led investigators to the South Carolina woods where she was buried.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Fifteenth Circuit attorney Jimmy Richardson explained that while Raymond Moody has been a longtime person of interest in the case dating back to 2012, detectives only recently expanded on the information. they needed to make an arrest.
Richardson did not discuss this new information in detail, but said the investigation has intensified in recent weeks. He stated, “Everything was in high gear, we were able to make a lot of advances that we hadn’t made before. … We had quite a bit of evidence that got us excited, Moody.
Investigators revealed Moody sexually assaulted Drexel before strangling the teen to death. Then he buried her in a wooden area the next day. Moody was arrested on May 4 for obstruction of justice. May 11, recovered Drexel’s skeletal remains, after Moody reportedly led them to the burial site
Getting Maddy to confess was the first hurdle for the detectives. Richardson said, “You make a confession and that’s great, but you also have to check that confession, you have to make sure it’s valid, especially in a case where you’ve had multiple persons of interest.“Moody is now eligible for the death penalty as he faces single counts of murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual misconduct.
Timothy Taylor’s emotional mother breaks out
The mother of Timothy Taylor, identified six years ago as being involved in Drexel’s disappearance and death, has cracked down after the real culprit was arrested. She spoke of the damages suffered by their family due to the erroneous claim.
Joan Taylor, whose son Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor was first named by a prison informant, said her heart goes out to the Drexels. She says, “We understand the tragic loss of Brittanee, of her life, and it changed her family forever,” she said tearfully from a pulpit in McClellanville, South Carolina. “As a mother of three children, I understand. It pains me to even think of losing a child.
So how did his name come about? Well, it was FBI agent Gerrick Munoz who testified in 2016 that Timothy, who was serving time in state prison for an unrelated charge, had sexually abused Drexel with others present. Another name, Taquan Brown, serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter, told them in 2009 that he saw Timothy sexually abusing Drexel and whipping her with a gun.
During a hearing in 2016, it was also revealed that the informant said Drexel’s body was dumped in an alligator pit. Moody’s arrest now confirms that Timothy had nothing to do with said incident. Well, sometimes the system can be cruel.
Now that Moody is arrested, Timothy’s mother has shared the loss his family has suffered over the allegations. She said Timothy lost one of his arms in an accident when he was 4, an event that left him fighting for his life.
She added, “Thirteen years later, when he was connected to the Drexel case, “we were faced with the possibility of losing him again. The years-long struggle with false accusations and media frenzy has traumatized us, affecting every aspect of our lives. It publicly questioned, for no reason, our family, the character of our family, and shook us to the core. Well, one can understand how she felt at that time.
According to the democrat and the chronicle, Moody is a registered sex offender who spent 21 years in prison following a 1983 kidnapping and rape case in California involving a 9-year-old girl. Moody has not yet pleaded to the charges. What happened to Drexel shouldn’t have happened, but don’t you think she should have taken her mother’s advice?