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Missing teen's family to return home

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - After months of searching, the family of a missing New York teen will soon be returning home.

17-year-old Brittanee Drexel was vacationing in Myrtle Beach back in April when she went missing.

Since her disappearance, Drexel's family has been helping to look for the teen by passing out flyers to businesses across the area and hitting local events, looking for tips on the teen's whereabouts.

Dealing with the pain, that no grandparent should have to face, Al and Carol Wagner packed their minivan Thursday, preparing to leave at the beginning of next week.

"It's gonna be hard to leave Brittanee behind," said Carol, with tears in her eyes.

"It's gonna be tough to leave here," explained Al.

The Wagners say there are still many questions about their granddaughter's disappearance.  They say they think someone can answer them, and believe in their hearts she is still alive. 

"I think she's being held against her will. If they do have her, I hope they see what we're going through and just turn her back over to us. I mean, she's precious to our family," said Carol.

The Wagners say they can't name every one who's helped them with this search, because the list is far too long. As they return home, they say part of them will be missing.

"We left a piece behind. We're gonna pull through, but Brittanee, grandma and grandpa love you, so much, please, if anybody knows anything, please let us know," cried Carol.

The Wagners say the most important thing is for their granddaughter's name and picture to stay at the front of people's minds.

On Thursday, the Wagner family says someone has agreed to donate a billboard and vinyl to help keep Brittanee's presence in the Grand Strand and to let people know that the search for the teen continues.

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