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Bikers enlisted in search for missing NY teen

Friend and relatives of a missing New York teen spent Monday trying to enlist visiting bikers in their search for the girl.

Brittanee Drexel's family members said they wanted to take advantage of the Harley-Davidson Cruisin' the Coast spring rally to continue to get the word out about her disappearance, so they spent Monday passing out fliers to bikers along Kings Highway.

The action comes two days after one group that had been helping to look for her called off its search, after spending 11 days in the effort.

"We're trying to get fliers out because we know when they leave here, they are going to go all over the country," said Renee Friedman, a family friend and family spokeswoman.

Individuals have also set up benefits and candlelight vigils in Rochester, N.Y., to raise awareness that 17-year-old Drexel is missing, Friedman said.

Drexel, who is from Rochester, N.Y., was last seen April 25 during a trip to Myrtle Beach.

Her family has been in the area since then.

"We're staying here until it's over," said Carol Wagner, Drexel's grandmother. "I'm not leaving without her."

Several groups and law enforcement agencies have been searching for her in areas in Myrtle Beach, Georgetown County and Charleston County.

The groups and agencies include the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, the Laura Recovery Center, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons, which stopped searching Saturday evening.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department is still investigating the case.

"We haven't ruled anything out," Capt. David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said Monday, regarding whether police think Drexel still might be in the area and whether foul play may be a factor. "We don't have anything leading us one way or the other. We get [leads] on a daily basis and have police follow them up."

Monica Caison, of Community United Effort, an N.C.-based organization that searches for missing people, said the group has called off its search for Drexel to wait for new information in hopes it leads to new search areas, Caison said.

Friedman said the family is encouraged that search groups would look into any leads.

The case has "brought as many resources to the area as it could," she said. "Efforts people have put into the case have been exceptional."

Anyone with information about Drexel and/or her whereabouts should call Myrtle Beach police at (843) 918-1382.

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