2 months later: The search continues for Gabbiee Swainson
ELGIN, SC (WIS) - Today marks two months to the day since 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson was taken from her home.
Swainson, an outgoing and energetic student from Ridge View High School, has been missing since Aug. 18. Since then, the entire Columbia community has come together to find her.
Meanwhile, the man who may know more about where Gabbiee is, Freddie Grant, is still not talking. Investigators say he had a key to the Swainson home.
Gabbiee's mother, Elvia Swainson, still lives in the home where the teen was last spotted. Elvia has to avoid her teen daughter's room because of the pain it brings.
"If I continue to come up here, then I know that she's not in here," said Elvia. "If I don't come up here, then I can continue to be strong for Gabbiee."
Home video shows the teen's love for the arts. She loved to dance -- all forms from jazz to Hungarian to hip hop.
"I also put her in modeling and why did I do all of that because Gabbiee is an only child and she always wanted siblings," said Elvia.
But Gabbiee eventually settled for just being mama's girl. The night before Gabbiee went missing, the two watched TV in Elvia's bed. The next day, Elvia says she went to work. When she returned, Gabbiee was gone.
"You can look back and think about a lot of things what could I have done differently," said Elvia. "You can do that all day long, but the fact remains that she was safe in her house."
Since then, Elvia has searched everyday for Gabbiee. She has even reached out to Grant in order to speak with him.
"I reached out, but I never got a phone call nor a letter saying I can come talk to him," Elvia said.
There has been a lot of criticism of what type of connection Elvia and Grant had. Elvia says everything isn't what it seems.
"People are people," said Elvia. "They are going to do just that. I don't expect them not to. I would hope that everybody would pray for the truth to come out before they start making judgements."
So her search continues until Gabbiee comes home.
"I still have a lot of faith that she will walk through those doors," said Elvia.
If you know anything about Gabbiee's disappearance, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC. There is a $6,000 cash reward.
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