The parents of a Rochester, New York, teenager who was murdered and then fed to alligators in 2009 have given their first interview detailing the horrible ordeal their daughter is believed to have endured.
During the interview with Dr. Phil, Brittanee Marie Drexel’s parents, Chad and Dawn Drexel, said their 17-year-old daughter was gang-raped and murdered, according to the Daily Mail.
The perpetrators were never caught.
In April 2009, Brittanee went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with friends for spring break without her parents' permission.
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She disappeared after leaving her friend’s hotel room.
The FBI revealed that Brittanee had been held captive in a house in McClellanville for at least three days, where she was raped, murdered and then placed in an alligator pit.
Taquan Brown, an imprisoned man who claims to have witnessed what happened to Brittanee, gave information to the FBI.
“The jailhouse informant said he walked into this house in McClellanville -- it's called a stash house,” Dawn told Dr. Phil. “It’s somewhere where they can put drugs and illegal things.”
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“He was walking through the house and he had said that Deshaun and other men were raping my daughter..." Dawn said. "Brittanee tried to escape and they ran out and got her and brought her back into the house and pistol whipped her and beat her and shot her."
After Brown's prison confession, the FBI implicated Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor in Brittanee’s rape and murder. Charges have not been filed against him.
“My heart just broke because Brittanee didn't deserve this,” Dawn said of hearing Brown’s confession. “Brittanee didn't even know these people. And for them to do that to my daughter is just, I mean, for nothing. I just feel like, you know, they're monsters. I mean, they have no regard for anybody's life.”
Chad encountered Taylor in McClellanville where he was handing out flyers about his daughter's disappearance, when a car that approached him had Taylor inside.
“I handed the flyer to the driver and the two people in the back were whispering,” Chad said. “I stick my head in and say, 'Do you know anything about this girl? I’m her dad.' They laugh and I just give the flyer to the driver and he crumples it up and tosses it out the window and drives off as they are all laughing.”
A local private investigator later told Chad it was Taylor in the car.
Taylor was 16-years-old at the time of Brittanee's abduction and death.
Brown, who is serving 25 years to life for voluntary manslaughter, said in his confession that he witnessed Taylor sexually abusing Brittanee, and that when she ran from the house she was caught and pistol-whipped.
He then saw her being dragged back into the house before two gunshots went off.
Brittanee’s body was then wrapped up and taken away, he said.
Witnesses said her body was thrown into an alligator pit and the animals ate her remains.
A second inmate also implicated Taylor in the murder. The inmate said Taylor brought her to McClellanville and then “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," he said.
The publicity surrounding her case allegedly made her abductor feel he had a problem so he “murdered and disposed of” Brittanee, according to an FBI agent.
When Taylor was interviewed by Dr. Phil, he denied involvement in Brittanee's abduction and murder.
“My reaction to it was like, 'You know, it’s not true,'” Taylor said. “I never saw her, I’d never seen her besides the TV and the internet. Through a computer screen. So when they read it out it was unbelievable.”
FBI agents have searched 14 alligator ponds, but have not been successful in locating Brittanee's remains. There are at least 40 ponds in the area.
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in her case. The FBI has also warned that if someone knows something and isn't coming forward, then they could be charged, according to the Bringing Home Brittanee Drexel Facebook page.
Dawn posted on Facebook a message to her daughter on Oct. 7 wishing Brittanee a happy birthday.
"...Your birthday is always the hardest from the day," Dawn wrote. "You were born I was so proud to be your mom you were such a beautiful soul, beautiful girl and grew into a beautiful women who was full of life and have a great future ahead of her."