The remains of Brittanee Drexel, a Rochester, N.Y., teenager who disappeared in 2009, were found in a wooded area west of Georgetown last week, according to Georgetown County sheriff Carter Weaver. The Drexel case drew national attention and sparked countless online theories. 

Raymond Moody – provided by Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office

The alleged killer, Raymond Douglas Moody, is being held in Georgetown County Detention Center as of May 16. He has been charged with muder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct related to Drexel’s disappearance and death, Weaver said during a press conference. No bail has been set for these charges.

Drexel went missing after leaving Blue Water Resort in Myrtle Beach April 25, 2009, according to reports. Moody was named a person of interest in the case in 2012. He is a registered sex offender convicted of rape of a child under the age of 14 in California in 1983 and later convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in South Carolina in 2010. 

Moody was arrested May 4, 2022, for obstruction of justice, a charge that carries a $100,000 bond. 

Drexel’s remains were identified through dental records and DNA, with confirmation coming over the weekend, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson told reporters. 

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