Friday, August 9 2013 11:01 AM EDT2013-08-09 15:01:09 GMT
For the past 30 days, the faith of missing 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson's family has been tested as the search for the teen creeps into a new month.The Richland County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, andMore >>
For the past 30 days, the faith of missing 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson's family has been tested as the search for the teen creeps into a new month.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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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Ever wondered what happens when a tip comes into Crimestoppers? It seems to be pretty simple.
It all begins with a phone call. For example, Crimestoppers took a tip in the Gabbiee Swainson case back on Sept. 9. Someone who was helping to search for the girl called in about some clothing found near Freddie Grant's home.
The tip is logged in a crime analyst's computer and a detective is sent to investigate.
From there, the detective did locate two pieces of clothing from the searcher: a bra and a shoe. Photographed, lifted from the scene and bagged, the evidence is walked down the halls of the Sheriff's office to the forensic lab.
"An Item like this, potentially we would examine it visually and then look for possible body fluids such as blood," said Rachel Grant, a DNA analyst for the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
"We also screen for semen and we look for hairs that will potentially have roots for DNA analysis."
The shoe and bra were examined, but they came up negative for everything. The items were also shown to Gabbiee's mother.
"We were told at that time it did not appear so, the shoe size being a little too big and the bra not fitting in with the type of bra Gabbiee would have normally worn," said Lt. Scott McDonald.
However, the items will still be kept just in case.
"We don't every want to get rid of evidence that could potentially link someone to this crime, or link us to where Gabbiee may be," McDonald said.
Investigators say they do have "great evidence" against Freddie Grant.
"We have duct tape from the residence with her blood and hair roots on it, we have duct tape from the junkyard, just across the railroad tracks from Mr. Grant's house, with Gabbiee's DNA on it as well. Actually have two pieces of tape from that junkyard," said McDonald.
Still they need that one tip that may lead them to Gabbiee.
"Every second that goes by is another second we haven't found Gabbiee, and that's our ultimate goal at this point to find Gabbiee," said McDonald.
Gabbiee was last seen wearing pink and black pajamas when she went missing. Investigators have searched several ponds around the Elgin area near Grant's home, but have found no sign of Gabbiee.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked 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 >>