Crews search wildlife refuge for clues in Drexel case

Drexel (Provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Law enforcement officials and search and rescue teams searched Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on Friday afternoon for clues in the case of Brittanee Drexel.

Authorities said a fisherman alerted them to an odor of decay, promoting crews to search the area near McClellanville.

DNR spokesman Greg Lucas said DNR acted as a liaison for the search due to the area being federal property.

"We got involved because there are restrictions on the types of boats and dogs that can be used in searches on such property," Lucas said.

Drexel went missing in 2009 while on a spring break trip in Myrtle Beach. Investigators say the last GPS ping traced to her cell phone was in McClellanville, S.C.