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3 Missing Women Who Have Never Been Found

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No one should ever have to forever wonder where their loved ones are. We all deserve to lay them to rest and just maybe get some semblance of closure. While we may have some answers about what happened to them, they deserve to be brought home.

Below, we will discuss the stories of three missing women who have never been found.

Heather Elvis

Heather Elvis

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

— Heather Elvis Twitter

1. Heather Elvis

Heather Elvis was a beautiful and vivacious 20-year-old. Like any other young adult, she hung out with her friends, posted on social media, and worked at a restaurant called The Tilted Kilt as a server. It is here that she first laid eyes on the older and very much married Sidney Moorer. After some flirtation back and forth, Heather and Sidney began a passionate affair.

On December 19, 2013, Heather's car was found abandoned at Peachtree Landing in Myrtle Beach. Her phone was going to voicemail, and she was nowhere to be found. Heather had vanished.

From her cell phone records, investigators learned that one of the last people to have spoken to Heather was Sidney Moorer in the early morning hours of December 18, 2013. Detectives were also intrigued by the threatening texts sent to Heather from Tammy Moorer, Sidney's wife. Tammy asked if Heather was "ready to meet the Mrs.", to which Heather replied, "I am nobody you need to worry about anymore."

According to court records, on the night of the disappearance, Sidney called Heather and told her he was leaving his wife. After this call, Heather's phone, following tower pings, was moving toward the landing. Around the same time, Sidney Moorer's phone was pinging the route from his home to Peachtree Landing. Within minutes of Heather's last phone usage, a truck that resembled Sidney's was recorded heading back toward his home. Heather has never been seen again.

In October 2018, Tammy Moorer was found guilty of the kidnapping of Heather Elvis and was sentenced to 30 years. Sidney is serving 10 years after being convicted of obstruction of justice. His kidnapping trial ended in a hung jury.

Heather's remains have not been recovered.

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Brittanee Drexel

Brittanee Drexel

2. Brittanee Drexel

In 2009, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, NY, asked her mother if she could drive to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break with some friends. Her mother didn't think it was a good idea and said no. Brittanee, like most teenagers thinking they know best, lied to her mom and went anyway.

The group of five left Rochester on April 24, and after 808 miles and a 13-hour drive, they arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In less than 24 hours, on the night of April 25, Brittanee would vanish.

According to Brittanee’s boyfriend at the time, John Galliano, Brittanee wasn't having much fun on the trip. She was uncomfortable with some of the activities her friends were doing, and it was causing tension between the group and Brittanee. Earlier in the day, she had run into Peter Brozowitz, an old acquaintance from her hometown of Rochester. Feeling like an outsider, Brittanee had been sticking to herself and decided to visit Peter's hotel, The Blue Water Inn, about a mile from her own. Brittanee borrowed a pair of shorts from one of the girls she came with and headed out.

Traffic cams and the hotel CCTV confirmed she made it to the hotel. Not long after arriving, however, the friend told Brittanee she wanted the shorts back because she wanted to wear them. Video captured Brittanee leaving The Blue Water Inn at approximately 8:40 PM. She is then seen on another traffic cam headed in the direction of Bar Harbour Hotel, where she was staying. This is the last time Brittanee is ever seen.

Peter would set off alarm bells by abruptly checking out of his hotel days early at 1 AM, only hours after Brittanee was last seen, even leaving his deposit behind. He retained a criminal defense attorney immediately upon returning back in Rochester.

As per their normal routine, she and her boyfriend had been texting constantly throughout the day. Her text messages to him stopped not long after leaving Peter's hotel. Even after threatening Brittanee that he would tell her mom about the trip, John never received a response. Her phone pings about an hour later in McClellanville. The last ping was in a nearby swamp area. Despite many searches, no trace of Brittanee or any of her belongings was ever found.

In 2016, a jailhouse informant, Taquan Brown, told the FBI that he had been a witness to what happened to the pretty teenager. According to Brown, Brittanee had been kidnapped and brought to a trap house in McClellanville, where she had been held against her will for days. After witnessing a drug dealer named Shaun Taylor and others sexually assaulting her, Brown said Brittanee had managed to break free and run outside before being caught and pistol whipped by Taylor. After he dragged Brittanee back inside, two gunshots were heard.

It has been more than 10 years, and we still have no actual proof of what happened to the bright, beautiful, bubbly teen. Taquan Brown's version of events is possible, but there is no evidence to corroborate his story. Everyone has their theories; her parents believe she was trafficked, while some believe one of her friends had something to do with it. Until we find Brittanee, we will likely never know. As of this writing, no sign of her has been found. No one has been charged in her disappearance.

“She was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Brittanee didn’t deserve this. I will fight until the end."

— Dawn Drexel - Brittanee's mother

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Tara Grinstead

Tara Grinstead

I just completed my first year of teaching and I loved every bit of it.

— Tara Grinstead

3. Tara Grinstead

Growing up in the small town of Ocilla, Georgia, 30-year-old Tara Grinstead was a typical Southern belle. A former beauty queen, she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Competing in beauty pageants enabled Tara to earn a master's degree in education at Valdosta State University. Soon after, she accepted a position teaching history at Irwin County High School.

On October 22, 2005, Tara attended a cookout and then helped some of her students prepare for an upcoming pageant. Wrapping up around 11 PM, she headed to her quaint little house in a quiet neighborhood on Park Street. Two days later, she would be reported missing after failing to show up for work.

Tara's car was found parked in the driveway, although the driver's seat had been moved back to accommodate someone much taller. $100 in cash was found stuffed into an envelope in the car's center console. Her beloved German shepherd, Dolly, was found in the fenced-in backyard. A latex glove was found in the front yard. The inside of the home showed only minor signs of struggle—a broken lamp in the bedroom and a necklace with a broken clasp. Tara's cell phone and the clothes she were reportedly last seen wearing were found in the home. Her purse and keys were missing. Tara was gone.

Despite many rumours, the case went cold for over 11 years until February of 2017, when two former students of Grinstead were arrested in her disappearance and subsequent murder after matching Ryan Dukes' DNA to that found in the latex glove. According to arrest warrants based on a confession from Dukes, Ryan killed Tara during a botched robbery and enlisted Bo Dukes to help dispose of her body.

In April of 2017, a grand jury indicted Dukes on six counts: malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary, and concealing the death of another. Dukes was indicted in June of 2017 for concealing a death, tampering with evidence, and hindering the apprehension of a criminal. The defense team for Ryan Dukes contends that Bo is the one who committed the actual murder and that Ryan only confessed out of fear of Bo. They are currently awaiting trial.

Tara's remains have never been recovered.

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