People of Interest Named in Case of Missing Teen Brittanee Drexel

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    Brittanee Drexel  ( Myrtle Beach Police Department)

Investigators say people of interest have been named in the search for a New York teen who disappeared while on vacation in 2009.

South Carolina authorities say the people of interest know what happened to Brittanee Drexel, who was last seen on April 25, 2009, leaving the Blue Water Resort Hotel in Myrtle Beach, local South Carolina television station WPDE-TV reported.

Georgetown County investigator Chris Bailey told the TV station he got a tip in December that provided a break in the case.

The 17-year-old Rochester, N.Y., high school junior had left the hotel after visiting a group of male friends staying there. She was heading back to the nearby Bar Harbour Hotel, where she was staying with a group of girls, but never made it.

At the time of Brittanee's disappearance her mother, Dawn Drexel, was worried because her daughter suffers from depression. Drexel said Brittanee may have also been upset because her mother and stepfather were getting divorced.

The case is reminiscent of the high-profile disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba five years ago. Holloway has never been found, despite exhaustive investigations and searches on the Caribbean island.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.