Brittanee Drexel's Mother Won't Give Up Hope, Now She's Helping Others
Brittanee Drexel’s mother refuses to give up. She is still seeking justice for her daughter. As any mother would, Dawn Drexel won’t rest until she finds out what happened to her child who went missing in April 2009.
One man said the teenager, who defied Dawn and ran away to spend spring break with friends, was kidnapped, raped and her dead body bed to alligators. Investigators haven’t been able to put a case together against anyone. They can’t tell Dawn if her daughter is dead or alive.
Brittanee’s body hasn’t been found. No one has ever been arrested.
"I feel like, you know Brittanee should’ve... more stuff should’ve happened in her case than it has, you know? I don’t think they’re any further than they were ten years ago," Dawn told WPDE-TV.
But Dawn will not rest. She wants justice for her daughter, and she wants to help other women, other mothers, who have lost their children.
Dawn put on a weekend retreat in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for other mothers who are feeling the same pain, who are living the same nightmare. It was held October 13-14, a weekend when Dawn should have been celebrating Brittanee’s 27th birthday with her daughter.
"It's a retreat for them to come and relax, bond with other families that have missing persons and also a chance for them to get to know each other," Dawn said.
Dawn’s using her daughter’s story and her own pain to help other moms. They don’t only talk about dealing with the loss of a child, they talk about motivating cops to do a better job and not forget about their children.
“I think a lot of people have frustrations on how their cases are getting handled,” Dawn said, and you know, they can learn a lot of different things from other families and how to go about that.
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