Mother of Brittanee Drexel takes matters into own hands

Dawn Pleckan has waited nearly a decade for answers in the case of her missing 17-year-old daughter. She's now getting outside help. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

After nearly a decade of waiting, the mother of Brittanee Drexel is taking matters into her own hands.

Dawn Pleckan, mother of the missing 17-year-old last seen while on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach in 2009, is looking for answers in the investigation to find her daughter.

"To us, it looks like it's not going anywhere," she said, at her friend's Myrtle Beach area-home Saturday.

Pleckan said her phone calls to investigators haven't been returned, and now she's retaining private investigators to work side-by-side with police.

"It's something I needed to do for myself as her mother," he said.

There isn't a day that goes by she doesn't think about her daughter.

"Her last words to me were, 'Mom, I love you,'" she said.

The questions, 'where is she?', and 'who's responsible?' are constantly racking her brain.

"I've been going through this for nine years. It's like a roller coaster ride," she said.

The FBI said they believed Drexel was held against her will in the McClellanville area before she was killed.

A suspect in this case is Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor. He's not facing charges, but just last month, a civil rights group held a rally, saying Taylor is the center of a racial witch hunt.

"They're saying this is a witch is a witch hunt. For me to find out what happened to my daughter," he said.

She said claims of racial profiling simply aren't true.

"This is not a civil rights case. This is a family, a mother that wants to find her daughter. This has nothing to do with race," she said.

At this point, she has one concern.

"I'm determined to find my daughter. I don't care if it's a bone. I don't care, you know, anything, we want to lay Brittanee to rest."

Earlier in the week, she and her husband met with Andy Savage, an attorney in Charleston. She said he expressed active interest in the case.

"I'm her mother. I'm not going to do anything jeopardize my daughter's case. I'm sorry, but I want to know what's going on. This is my child. If it was anyone else's child, they'd do the same thing," she said.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Pleckan also set up a tip line the number is 585-420-8472.

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