A shocking new theory about what happened to Brittanee Drexel, the 17-year-old teenager who went missing from Myrtle Beach while on Spring Break in 2009, has emerged and the details are horrifying. If you aren’t familiar with Brittanee’s case, you can read my prior posts about her disappearance HERE.
According to newly released federal court transcripts from last week, FBI agent Gerrick Munoz said he believes Brittanee was abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp in the dense forests near McClellanville, South Carolina. His theory is based on a “jailhouse confession” from a prison inmate who says he was there when Brittanee was killed.
From The Post and Courier:
In the transcript, Munoz testifies that the inmate, Taquan Brown of Walterboro, told investigators he went to a “stash house” in the McClellanville area in the days after Drexel was abducted. As he entered the house with a couple of other men, he saw Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor, then 16, “sexually abusing Brittanee Drexel,” the agent said.
He spotted others also in the room with the girl and Da’Shaun Taylor, and he kept walking through the house to the backyard to give some money to Da’Shaun Taylor’s father, Shaun Taylor.
As the two talked, Drexel ran from the house. She was “pistol-whipped” and taken back inside.
Two shots rang out and the inmate assumed Shaun Taylor shot the girl. Then the girl’s body was wrapped up and taken away.
As for what happened next, Munoz said that “several witnesses” have come forward and said that Brittanee’s body was disposed of in an alligator pit.
Munoz said the “stash house” as well as several alligator ponds have been searched, but they have not yet found Brittanee’s body.
Munoz also testified that since authorities held a press conference in June, when they pleaded with the people of McClellanville to speak up about what they know about Brittanee’s case, they’ve received some tips corroborating the jailhouse confession.
An additional inmate in the Georgetown County jail told investigators that he had secondhand information about what happened.
The Georgetown prisoner told authorities that Da’Shaun Taylor picked Drexel up in Myrtle Beach and took her to McClellanville. There he “showed her off, introduced her to some other friends that were there … they ended up tricking her out with some of their friends, offering her to them and getting a human trafficking situation,” the FBI agent testified.
By that point, the prisoner said, searches for the missing teen had generated massive media publicity. That created a problem for her abductors and she was “murdered and disposed of,” the agent told the court.
This new information from Munoz came out during a bond hearing for the now 25-year-old Da’Shaun Taylor, who is being charged with interference of interstate commerce by threat or violence for his involvement in a 2011 robbery of a Mount Pleasant McDonald’s restaurant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston Holliday told the judge during the hearing that Taylor is a suspect in Brittanee’s case.
Taylor has since been released on $10,000 bail, and his mother has spoken with reporters, maintaining her son’s innocence with regards to Brittanee.
No arrests have yet been made in Brittanee’s case. Read the below link for additional info.