A "jail house confession" led investigators to believe a teenager who disappeared in 2009 was sexually assaulted, then killed and fed to alligators.
Officials couldn't confirm Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, seven years ago, was dead until June. Now, an FBI agent has testified that an inmate confessed to seeing Drexel at a gang's "stash house" when she was still alive.
This inmate claims he witnessed Da'Shaun Taylor sexually assaulting Drexel. He told investigators he saw Drexel run from the home but said Taylor beat her with a pistol and took her back inside the house.
Photos of Brittanee Drexel, teen missing since 2009:
Dawn Drexel, mother of Britanee Drexel, speaks to reporters during a news conference in McClellanville, S.C., on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Authorities announced that the case of the disappearance of her daughter Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, N.Y., is now being investigated as a homicide and the FBI is offering a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Brittanee Drexel was 17 when she was last seen at a hotel in nearby Myrtle Beach, S.C., in April 2009. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas speaks to reporters during a news conference in McClellanville, S.C., on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. He said that the case of Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, N.Y., is now being investigated as a homicide and the agency is offering a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Drexel was 17 when she was last seen at a hotel in nearby Myrtle Beach, S.C., in April 2009. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
Myrissa Drexel falls into the arms of her father Chad Drexel during a vigil to commemorate a year since Brittanee Drexel was last seen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. About 100 people gathered for a march and candle lighting ceremony off Ocean Boulevard on Saturday April 24, 2010. Myrissa Drexel's sister and Chad Drexel's daughter was last seen at nearby Blue Water Resort at 2001 South Ocean Boulevard. (AP Photo/Janet Blackmon Morgan - Sun News)
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He said he then heard gunshots, which he believes was Taylor killing Drexel.
Investigators say information from other sources led them to believe that Taylor picked up Drexel in Myrtle Beach and took her to a house about 60 miles away. They think she was then "tricked out" and ended up in a "human trafficking situation."
Authorities say they believe Drexel was killed after her disappearance began attracting a lot of media attention, and her body was then allegedly disposed of in a pond infested with alligators.