5 Days Missing: Search for Gabrielle Swainson Moves to Broad River Road
Groups hopeful of finding Gabrielle Swainson left the area where she lives and moved to the other side of Richland County.
For the third day in a row, groups of friends and family have canvassed areas looking for the 15-year-old who went missing early Saturday morning.
Gabrielle Swainson was last seen in Northeast Columbia, but the search party today moved to Broad River Road in western Richland County.
No explanation was given for the move.
These groups have largely been organized online using Twitter and Facebook, and both social media sites are key players in this investigation.
The "Help us find Gabbiee" Facebook group reported that authorities asked them to shut down earlier Wednesday. The Twitter hashtags #FindGabby, #FindGabs and #FindGabbiee are trending.
A spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff's Office said investigators were closely monitoring online communication.
That includes a Facebook user who allegedly sent messages to Swainson's friends saying he knew where she was.
Photos from the Facebook group show a user under the name "Chriss Dewitt" saying he knew where Swainson was. Officials didn't confirm or deny the validity of this post, just saying that they were following up on all leads.
If you have information on the whereabouts of Swainson, contact authorities immediately. There is still no sign of foul play, although Swainson was allegedly not the type to runaway.