Police investigating a possible sighting of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel determined it was not the girl, who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.
The Rochester, N.Y., high school junior was last seen April 25 leaving the Blue Water Resort Hotel in Myrtle Beach 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.
Knipes said hundreds of tips have continued to pour in from around the country. Drexel's mother, Dawn Drexel, said the leads give her faith that her daughter is still alive.
"`I'm just being very hopeful," she told The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. "I want to bring my daughter back home."
Rewards totaling $11,000 have been offered for information about the girl's whereabouts, the paper reported.
Drexel suffers from depression, police say. She is 5 feet tall, 103 pounds, with shoulder-length brown highlighted hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a multicolored shirt, black shorts and flip-flops.
Those with any information are asked to call Myrtle Beach Police at (843) 918-1300, 1-800-CRIME-TV or 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678).