A Sunday evening vigil for missing 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson was upbeat, despite being interrupted by rain. About two hundred people gathered in the center of the Village at Sandhills in NorthEast Columbia.
This event was a reflection of who Gabbiee is,” said family friend Tembi Gray. “She loves music. The Ridgeview High School cheerleading squad is out here; she’s a part of that. We just have everything with faith, with hope, with inspiration and …we’re believing that she’s coming home.”
Swainson mother, Elvia, is determined that her daughter is coming home after she was allegedly kidnapped from her bedroom one night in August. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott believes family acquaintance Freddie Grant, who had a key to the house, is responsible and are holding him now on federal firearms charges. Lott announced this weekend that they found more duct tape with Gabbiee ‘s –and Grant’s—DNA on it. Grant is not helping authorities in the case, but Lott says the investigation is in full force and they are building evidence against Grant.
Elvia Swainson is further encouraged after enlisting the help of North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons, who recently found the bodies of two missing teenage boys, who drowned after a car crash near Camden, SC.
“I am still looking for my sweet daughter…we are still looking for her. She is still out there somewhere. If anybody can think back and try to remember anything that might have looked kind of odd or out of the ordinary but did not think it was a big deal, call in a tip to law enforcement.”
AUDIO: Elvia Swainson on “Night of Hope”
Sheriff Lott reiterated that Friday. “The tips are still coming in,” he said. “There is nothing too small to tell us.”