During a press conference Thursday, the law firm representing Brittanee Drexel’s family announced a new civil lawsuit against Raymond Moody, Bar Harbor Hotel and Smith Family Partnership. The Smith family of Aynor, S.C. owns the Bar Harbor hotel.
According to her legal team, Drexel was staying at the Bar Harbor as an unaccompanied minor in 2009.
They claim hotel employees should have stepped in when Drexel checked in and prevented Brittanee from disappearing and being murdered.
She said she did not know her daughter was in Myrtle Beach or that adults were not present.
She said, “It’s like living a nightmare. It’s like living in hell.”
As part of her life’s mission, Dawn Pleckan, (the murdered child’s mother) plans to fight against human trafficking in honor of Brittanee.
As she said, “It means the world to me to bring awareness, because maybe we can save another child, or another Brittanee.“
Moody’s original lawsuit is separate from this one.
For the murder of Drexel, Moody was sentenced to life in prison.
The Bar Harbor Resort did not return calls seeking comment.
Many hotels in Myrtle Beach require guests to be at least 21 years old to check-in. This age requirement is often put in place due to liability issues related to alcohol consumption and potential damages to the hotel property. However, there are also hotels that might allow guests who are 18 or 19 years old to check-in, but they may require a signed parental consent form or a credit card authorization from someone who is at least 21 years old.
People under 21 and looking to book a hotel in Myrtle Beach, can contact the specific hotel they are interested in and inquire about their age policies. The hotel will be able to provide teenagers with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their requirements.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that some hotels may also have specific policies regarding age requirements during certain times of the year, such as during spring break or other high-demand periods. It’s always a good idea to communicate directly with the hotel to ensure you have the most accurate information for your specific booking.