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Date of incident behind obstruction charge matches date of Drexel’s disappearance, documents show

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – A background check for the man charged with obstruction reveals that the date the alleged obstruction occurred matches the date New York teenager Brittanee Drexel was faded away.

Raymond Moody, 62, was charged with obstruction of justice on May 4. A trial court judge set bail at $100,000 on Wednesday, Georgetown County Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Lesley said.

Moody was once named a person of interest in Drexel’s disappearance. She disappeared from Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009. An SLED background check for Moody’s lists the date of the alleged obstruction offense as April 25, 2009.

Authorities have not confirmed whether the obstruction charge is directly related to Drexel’s disappearance.

Brittanee Drexel went missing while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach in April 2009.

Moody is a registered Level III adult offender who was convicted in 1983 of forcible rape, kidnapping and lewd act on a child under 14, among other charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

In 2012, Moody was named a person of interest in the disappearance of New York teenager Brittanee Drexel. Drexel went missing in 2009 while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. She was 17 at the time of her disappearance.

After a search of Moody’s hotel room, Myrtle Beach police said the search was one of several conducted as part of the investigation.

The sheriff’s office did not say if there was a connection between this arrest and the Drexel case.

WMBF-TV reported Tuesday that new information is expected soon in the case.

Moody is currently still in custody.

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