Judicial records recently released by a Georgetown County judge are offering new insight into the search for Brittanee Drexel, a Rochester, N.Y. teen who vanished while visiting Myrtle Beach in 2009.
The search warrant is dated Jan. 12, 2010, nearly nine months after Drexel, 17, disappeared on April 25, 2009, and about a month after designer sunglasses initially thought to belong to Drexel were found in Georgetown County near the Santee River.
Investigators sought the warrant to search an address on Corner Loop in southern Georgetown County, near the North Santee River.
The address is in the 2000 block of Corner Loop, according to Georgetown County property records.
Georgetown County Chief Magistrate Isaac Pyatt released the search warrant to Waccamaw Publishers on Wednesday after a journalist requested it.
Drexel is not mentioned by name in the warrant, but Pyatt, who signed the warrant in 2010, confirmed Wednesday that he signed the warrant as part of the search for Brittanee Drexel.
The warrant sought "any and all items would could produce any biological or trace evidence also to include any and all clothing material, weapons and or any objects which may have been used to inflict any type of bodily injury to the victim in this case."
It also sought "any and all evidence that will assist law enforcement to establish the circumstances of this case and the whereabouts of any suspects."
According to the warrant, investigators were searching in the area of Corner Loop with cadaver dogs on Jan. 12, 2010 with consent from the landowner.
Four separate canines alerted to the same area around a set of GPS coordinates off Corner Loop, the warrant said.
"Based on the expert handlers' experience with their canines, they believe that evidence could be found at that location," the warrant states.
The warrant, however, was voided and no findings were mentioned in the court document released to Waccamaw Publishers.
A representative with the Georgetown County magistrate's office said that means the warrant was never executed.
Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for Myrtle Beach police, said it was never formally executed because police had consent from the landowner to search the property.
“It was done as a precautionary measure,” he said.
Drexel was last known to be in Myrtle Beach at about 8:10 p.m. April 25, 2009, when video cameras recorded her leaving the Bluewater Resort on South Ocean Boulevard.
Her cell phone pinged the following day in southern Georgetown County. Since then, many searches for the missing Rochester, N.Y. teen have been concentrated in Georgetown County near the Charleston County line.