Friday, August 9 2013 2:09 PM EDT2013-08-09 18:09:23 GMT
A member of the community has stepped forward to offer a monetary reward for information leading to the return of missing northeast Columbia teenager Gabrielle Swainson.The donor is partnering with theMore >>
A member of the community has stepped forward to offer a monetary reward for information leading to the return of missing northeast Columbia teenager Gabrielle Swainson. RELATED: FBI joins search More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the efforts to find 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson.
It has been almost a week since Swainson was reported missing from her northeast Columbia home.
Gabbiee's mother Elvia says she returned to her Tamara Way home from work around 7 a.m. Saturday to Gabbiee's alarm clock going off, but no Gabbiee.
"I didn't see her in her bed. I panicked. I froze for a moment," Elvia said.
Elvia says her daughter would never run away from home. She didn't take her keys or her purse.
Investigators say the only thing missing from the home is Gabbiee's cell phone. They have not said if that phone or its signal has been located.
Since the teenager vanished Elvia Swainson has filed a police report, hired a private investigator, and continued to search on her own.
According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the FBI has now volunteered to assist with the investigation.
Thursday was supposed to be Swainson's first day of school, but she was noticeably absent.
The excitement at Ridge View High School was tempered a bit by the ongoing search for Swainson, who had just made the JV cheerleading squad.
Principal Marty Martin says the excitement of the first day has been tempered by the questions everyone keeps asking.
"You have that constant little worry that's flowing through your head all the time," said Martin. "Where is she? Is she okay? Is she going to show up? When is that going to occur? What else could we do?"
Hundreds of volunteers have been going door-to-door to homes and businesses to make sure people recognize and remember Swainson.
Drivers in the Summitt were getting stopped for a flier of information about Gabbiee.
"We're doing everything possible that we can think of to bring my baby home," said Elvia. "I believe she is still alive."
"We've been calling and texting and at this point, nothing," Elvia said. "The phone is going straight to voicemail."
Elvia has been canvassing neighborhoods since Saturday.
"I'm on autopilot, I have to bring my baby home," said Elvia. "I look this way now, but at night I can't sleep. I'm driving around in my car yelling her name out."
While she's been looking for some sign of her only child, the community gathered in church to pray for Gabbiee's safe return.
Elvia's private investigator, Chandra Cleveland-Jennings, says every minute Gabbiee is missing matters.
"You better listen up. If you have a teenage daughter or a son and they go missing, it's usually classified as a runaway, and if you don't take matters into your own hands sooner than later, then your efforts may be in vain, and we just hope our efforts won't be in vain," Cleveland-Jennings said.
The Richland County Sheriff's department has been working this case as well. They say there are no signs of foul play. The investigator says she's checked all the social media sites and her computer, but have found no credible tips.
Gabbiee is 5'2" tall, has black hair, and was last seen wearing pink and black pajamas.
If you have any information that can help, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>