Bones found in an area of South Carolina at the center of the search for missing teen Brittanee Drexel are the remains from an animal, a county coroner determined.
"They are not human. They are animal bones," a spokeswoman for the Georgetown County Coroner's Office told The Huffington Post.
A group of fisherman found the bones on Sunday near the Carroll Campbell Boat Landing. According to the Georgetown City Police Department, hunters have been known to dump deer carcasses in the waterway.
Drexel, of Rochester, N.Y., was 17 years old in April 2009, when she went to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on spring break. The teen was last seen by friends on April 25 of that year, when she left the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach to meet friends at the nearby BlueWater Resort. Surveillance footage shows Drexel arriving at the resort, then leaving roughly 10 minutes later. What happened to her after that remains a mystery.
Her cell phone gave off its last signal the day after she went missing. Investigators narrowed the phone location to an area near the South Santee River in Georgetown County.
Monica Caison, founder and director of the North Carolina-based Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons, has conducted multiple searches for the missing teen. To date, no sign of Drexel has been found.
"We will be there until the end and a resolution takes place for this case, as we do for all of our cases," Caison told HuffPost in August.
At the time of her disappearance, Drexel was 5 feet tall and 103 pounds. She had blue eyes and blond highlights in her hair. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Myrtle Beach Police at 843-918-1382. Confidential tips can also be submitted via helpfindbrittaneedrexel.com.