The 17-year-old Rochester girl who was killed in 2009, Brittanee Drexel, contacted her boyfriend a few hours before going missing while on a spring break trip. Drexel claimed in the message that she was “very heated” before leaving Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. According to the New York Post, the teen’s remains were found in Harmony Township, South Carolina, early this year.
“When you call me, I’ll tell you later. I’m really agitated “One of the communications obtained in the court docs that Live 5 WCSC accessed was written by Drexel. A pair of shorts that Drexel had borrowed the hour before she vanished were mentioned in an email to her buddy, and they decided to meet at the hotel to return them. She also spoke about her clothing, citing the teal and black top that was eventually caught on video at Blue Water Resort.
Drexel was allegedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered by Raymond Douglas Moody in 2009 while she was visiting Myrtle Beach for spring break. In the early hours of Wednesday, October 19, he admitted responsibility to the crime in a courtroom in South Carolina. The 62-year-old was found guilty of kidnapping, murder, and first-degree sexual misconduct and was given a life sentence. According to The Democrat and Chronicle, Douglas was also given two separate 30-year sentences for kidnapping and inappropriate sexual behavior.
While Angel Vause was out by herself, Moody and his girlfriend are said to have picked up Drexel. At a campground in Georgetown County, he alleged, she accepted their invitation to party and shared a joint with them. Moody suggested that he and Drexel might have a mutually beneficial relationship. When Vause walked away, he began to approach the teenager. When she declined, he vowed to abuse her sexually and really did it. He strangled her to death after realizing he might go back to jail for the assault.
Vause had the youngster wrapped in a blanket and her body hidden in the bushes when he returned. He claimed that Drexel’s buddies had picked her up, but that they had subsequently returned to the camp and moved the body to another location to be buried. Even while the prosecution agreed that Moody’s confession was adequate evidence of his guilt, they questioned his account for being biased.
Judge Ferrell Cothran Jr. sentenced Moody to life in prison for murder after he submitted a guilty plea, as well as two concurrent terms of 30 years each for kidnapping and criminal sexual activity.