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OOIDA Member’s Daughter Missing, Investigation Developing


Missing Persons Case Gabrielle Swanson
If you have seen this girl, Gabrielle Swainson, please contact the South Carolina Missing Children Network at 703-224-2150

Have you seen this girl anywhere near Richland, South Carolina?

Details of the missing person case so far:

Gabrielle’s mother, Elvia Swainson, left their North Crossing neighborhood home around 3 a.m. on Aug. 18 to go to work.

She briefly woke Gabrielle and handed the girl’s iPhone to her. The mother returned home shortly after 7 a.m. and discovered her daughter was gone. Nothing else from the house appeared to be missing except the phone. Gabrielle’s blood was found in her bedroom.

Investigators traced the phone to the home of 52-year-old Freddie Grant, a resident of Elgin, just across the Richland County line, who was involved with Gabrielle’s mother, said Sheriff Leon Lott.

Since then, Gabrielle’s blood and hair has been found on used duct tape in Grant’s house on Kelly Street. And her blood was on duct tape found in an old auto junkyard across some railroad tracks from Grant’s home.



Missing Person Case Gabrielle Swanson
Gabrielle is a black female, 5′ 2″ tall, with black hair. She was last seen wearing pink and black pajamas.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an anonymous donor contributed $2,500 to the reward fund and his department matched it, along with $1,000 from Crimestoppers.

Land Line article by Kimberely Lennard

Although 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson of Columbia, SC, has not been found, the case against her suspected abductor continues to build. Freddie Grant, 52, of Elgin, SC, is suspected of kidnapping Gabbiee from her home in the early-morning hours of Aug. 18. Gabbiee is the daughter of OOIDA Member Alvin Thompson, who lives in Virginia.

Grant is currently being held on weapons charges to which he pleaded not guilty on Oct. 2. His bond request was denied on Nov. 7 on the grounds that he was in felony possession of ammunition, has prior drug convictions and is a possible armed career criminal facing 15 years to life in prison, according to court documents. His trial is scheduled for January.

Read more about this developing story at Land Line Magazine online.


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