Community continues to aid in search of missing teen

Published: Aug. 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM EDT
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ELGIN, SC (WIS) - The crime scene tape is gone from Freddie Grant's home. Investigators collected the final evidence this morning.

Meanwhile, the town of Elgin is stunned by the bloody duct tape discarded by Grant's property.

"A lot of people are upset because of her going missing right out of her home like that," said Troy Howell.

On Wednesday, there wasn't as much physical searching. Instead, investigators were processing evidence in the forensic lab and interviewing people who know Freddie Grant and Gabbiee Swainson. They also chased down dozens of tips -- tips the community hopes lead investigators to Gabbiee.

"It's bad enough to deal with the everyday accidents, but to think people go out and intentionally hurt people. She's a 15-year-old," said Michelle Gumm, a mother.

We now know wooded areas searched on Tuesday followed where investigators have been able to track the cell phones. Some think investigators should think outside the box to find the teen.

"Why don't they get a psychic," questioned Melinda Havard, someone who knows Freddie Grant.

Investigators got several dozen tips that have them searching areas between Richland and Kershaw counties. They're prepared to check out every one, as those in Elgin still struggle to understand what may have happened in this town.

You didn't never hear nothing like that here in Elgin, said Robert Leslie of Elgin.

Richland County coroner Gary Watt today said he's been assisting with the investigation along with dozens of FBI agents, Richland County deputies and Elgin Police.

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