Myrtle Beach Police investigate convicted child rapist in Drexel case

Brittanee Drexel (provided)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WCIV)-- New leads have prompted Myrtle Beach Police to investigate further in the case of missing teen, Brittanee Drexel.According to Fox News, detectives have named Raymond Moody, who served over 20 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a girl in 1983, as a "person of interest" in the Brittanee Drexel case. Fox News is reporting that Myrtle Beach investigators have gotten new information in the last week but won't say what those leads are.Drexel was last seen on April 25, 2009 leaving the Blue Water Resort in Myrtle Beach. Detectives told Fox News that Moody was in Myrtle Beach at the same time as Drexel and got a speeding ticket in Surfside the day after she disappeared.According to the database on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's website, Moody has been convicted in the past with three counts of rape with force and violence; two counts of lewd behavior on a child under the age of 14; and one count of assault with intent to commit mayhem. Fox News says he now resides in Georgetown, SC.

When we reached out to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, they would not confirm the report made by Fox News.

Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach police department released a statement in the wake of the Fox News article:

"Let me advise everyone, all at the same time, that there is no new information on this case. Mr. Moody was a person that was investigated in this case. His hotel room was searched last year and he is one of many people that we have investigated during the course of this investigation. This is still an active investigation and we continue to follow any and every lead possible. {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

There is no further information to pass on."