Drexel Family Reacts to Arrest of Career Criminal Shaun Taylor

Britanee Drexel

This might be the break police needed in the horrible Brittanee Drexel abduction case.

From Carolina Now:

The family of missing spring breaker Brittanee Drexel is hoping that the arrest of a 37-year-old McClellanville man is the major break their daughter’s case has needed.

Shaun Taylor of McClellanville turned himself in to Myrtle Beach police Wednesday in connection with an attempted abduction incident earlier this month. He is charged with attempted kidnapping and first degree assault and battery.

While it’s still early and authorities haven’t made any official links between the attempted abductions and the Brittanee Drexel disappearance, the Drexel family remains hopeful due to the glaring similarities.

The Drexel’s haven’t seen or heard from their daughter in more than one year.

“We’re tired, you know, we’re very tired. Me and (Brittanee’s father) want some answers that will hopefully lead us to finding Brittanee. Its been a rough year and three months and this may be a big break in Brittanee’s case,” said Dawn Drexel, Brittanee’s mother.

Since Brittanee was last seen leaving the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach in April of 2009, Dawn has made the more than 800 mile trip countless times between the Grand Strand and her home in Rochester, New York, looking for answers.

Now the family hopes that Wednesday arrest of Shaun Taylor may provide those answers.

“I have heard his name before and his brother’s and his circle of his friends,” said Chad Drexel, Brittanee’s father. “So, this is a positive thing for this family… the family and law enforcement feel that it’s no coincidence that it’s within the same proximity (of Brittanee’s disappearance).”

Shaun Taylor was identified in a line up as one of three men who attacked a 20-year-old girl on the street, trying to drag her into a van. Obviously they were at the very least attempting to rape the woman. When police executed a search warrant on his house they found a stolen truck linked to a Charleston County homicide. Though Taylor was never officially named a person of interest in the case, police dragged him in for questioning early on due to his history. Taylor is a dead beat father with a history of drug offenses and domestic violence, and what’s more disturbing is that his brother Randall Keith Taylor was one of four men who beat a rap for murder in a case 1998 due to lack of evidence.

That case involved a missing teen girl.

Taylor was given an outrageously low bond given the serious of the new charges and his history of criminality. Keep Britanee and her family in your prayers.


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