Friday, August 9 2013 2:05 PM EDT2013-08-09 18:05:55 GMT
The man accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson is also being questioned in the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman in September.Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday that FreddieMore >>
The man accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson is also being questioned in the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman in September.More >>
Friday, August 9 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-08-09 15:13:50 GMT
A vigil is planned for Sunday night in Elgin for people to pray for a teen who has been missing for two weeks. One week ago investigators arrested Freddie Grant, but there's still no sign of missingMore >>
Fliers posted in the search for a missing teen included the phone number of the man accused of kidnapping her.More >>
Friday, August 9 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-08-09 15:13:17 GMT
While most families spent the Labor Day holiday at a picnic or spent time together, one Northeast Richland family spent the day looking for their missing 15-year-old along with the assistance of the RichlandMore >>
While most families spent the Labor Day holiday at a picnic or spent time together, one Northeast Richland family spent the day looking for their missing 15-year-old along with the assistance of the Richland County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Friday, August 9 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-08-09 15:09:05 GMT
The community continues to rally around the family of missing teenager Gabbiee Swainson. Another vigil is being held for the 15-year-old in the Lake Carolina community Tuesday night. Earlier TuesdayMore >>
The community continues to rally around the family of missing teenager Gabbiee Swainson. More >>
Friday, August 9 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-08-09 15:05:19 GMT
The man accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson got into an argument with a man who was later shot and killed over a woman who is missing and feared dead, according to the victim's sister.FreddieMore >>
The man accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson got into an argument with a man, who was later found shot and killed, over a woman who is missing and feared dead, according to the victim's sister.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -
As the days pass, the details about what may have happened to 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson continue to trickle into the public.
A day after speaking to Nancy Grace on her national show, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott spoke to the media about the case Wednesday.
Lott said one of the questions many people have been asking is how 52-year-old Freddie Grant allegedly got into the Swainson home. The sheriff said that mystery was solved Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators found a key in Grant's home that opens the door to Elvia Swainson's home.
Lott said Swainson gave Grant the key several weeks ago when he was doing some flooring work in the home. According to the sheriff, Grant told Swainson that he lost the key. That was a lie, Lott said.
The sheriff said he still believes Gabbiee is alive. "Our priority at this point is to find her, " said Lott. We're still looking for Gabbiee. "We have not found her."
Swainson has been missing since August 18. She vanished during a 3-4 hour period when her mother Elvia was at work.
The focus of the investigation into her disappearance remains on Grant. He is in custody, but not talking to investigators, Lott said.
Gabbiee's blood was found on her bed and on duct tape in Grant's home, according to investigators.
Investigators continue to sort through evidence collected from Grant's home in Elgin and his blue Ford Escort, proof Gabbiee was inside the home.
"We found her DNA in some other places, we're not going to discuss that, there are some things that we have just not released and we're not going to release," Lott said. "The DNA that we found initially in her house that did not come on the duct tape, but her DNA was found somewhere else in the house and that got us knowing for certain she had been in there."
Elvia Swainson posted the following statement on Facebook early Thursday morning:
I AM NOT QUITTING I AM NOT GIVING UP I AM CONTINUALLY GRATEFUL
I am forever grateful for the overwhelming support and encouragement through the outpouring of love and prayers for my child's safe return. These demonstrations/acts of love beginning with assisting me with search teams, churches holding special prayers, communities holding candlelight vigils, strangers allowing me to search areas, to notes, letters and cards, food, telephone calls, texts, emails, etc., etc., etc. is truly an inspiration. This powerful act of GOD truly warms my heart and strengthens my mind. GOD continues to show me his amazing love and that he cares for both Gabbiee and me. With my own two eyes, I am continuing to experience the coming together of a mass amount of people such as churches, both believers and non-believers, people that don't know me, people that are dear to me, co-workers, etc.; coming together to offer assistance. It is from one extreme to the next beginning with the City of Columbia, the Town of Elgin, all over the State of SC and even outside of this State (Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii). Through your acts of love and kindness in this very tough situation, God continues to show me how much he loves us. Please continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ. He loves each and every one of us. My heart wants to hold hands and hug everyone for the outpouring of love. Please continue to pray for my child's safe return. I am not giving up on finding my child. My prayer is that she returns to me alive. Please continue to assist law enforcement with any tips, there is a reward for any tip leading to locating my child.
ELVIA SWAINSON AND FAMILY
If you know anything about Gabbiee's disappearance, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>