Boyfriend speaks about missing teen in Myrtle Beach

John Grieco on the Early Show Thursday
John Grieco on the Early Show Thursday

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF & WBTV) - From Ocean Boulevard to Georgetown County, investigators on the hunt for missing 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel say their search radius is growing for the teen that vanished April 25.

Meanwhile, Drexel's boyfriend spoke out on the morning TV show on CBS, The Early Show.

John Grieco traveled down to Myrtle Beach recently to help with the search for Drexel. He said on the TV show Thursday that he was certain that she did not run away.

"We miss her terribly and we are going to do everything in our power to bring her home safely," Grieco.

Police have identified a friend who was the last person to see Drexel alive as a person of interest.

As the search for Drexel expands southward, investigators have some residents like Sandra Green wondering how the case of the missing teen can possibly be linked to their quaint, quiet South Carolina town.

"Does Georgetown look like a criminal town?" she asked Wednesday evening.  "Everybody goes to sleep at 9 p.m."

But those closest to the ongoing investigation say they aren't willing to leave any lead - or stone - unturned, even if it means sweeping Georgetown High School for clues.

"They were just asking questions about the missing girl," said Shannon Sanders, a student at Georgetown High who says he saw investigators roaming the halls of his school Wednesday.

What kind of tip or lead would send investigators into a high school that is far from the closest  place where Drexel was last seen alive? Sgt. Neil Johnson with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office isn't offering an answer to that question, other than that his deputies were simply "assisting the Myrtle Beach Police Department."

As for the small town of Georgetown, they're hoping for the safe return of Drexel to her family and hope a disappearance that has gained national attention won't turn into a nightmare in their own backyard.

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