Gabbiee Swainson: Details about Blood, Evidence Clarify Early Timeline
The first hours after a person goes missing are largely considered the most important. These details shed light on what the first hours following Gabbiee Swainson's disappearance entailed for family, friends and investigators.
There are so many unanswered questions at this point: Where is Gabbiee Swainson? Why won’t Freddie Grant talk? What is being done? And without compromising the investigation or case against Grant, law enforcement officials can’t release much information.
Still, there are questions—like where Swainson is—that even the investigators can’t answer.
However, a sheriff’s office spokesperson filled in some of the blanks for Patch. The following information chronicles the life, disappearance and search for Swainson.
In the months prior to Swainson’s disappearance, Freddie Grant was both dating Elvia Grant, Gabbiee’s mother, and repairing the floors in her home.
At the time Swainson went missing, the floor repairs were not completed, a sheriff's office spokesman said.
Cynthia Grant, Freddie Grant’s sister, said the two had been dating for a year and had dated for three years in the past. Sheriff Leon Lott said in a press conference, that Grant had stayed over but maintained his own home. Note: This is the home that was later searched after Grant was arrested.
It is at this time that Grant was issued a key to the Swainson home so he could complete the work on the floors, Lott said. Six weeks before the girl went missing, Grant told Elvia Swainson that he had lost the key.
Gabbiee Swainson stayed home on the night of Aug. 17. Elvia Swainson was at work from 3:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on the morning Gabbiee went missing. Soon after returning home and realizing her daughter was missing, Elvia Swainson called the police.
Grant was allegedly cutting the grass at the Swainson home on the morning Gabbiee went missing, although his whereabouts cannot be accounted for during the hours immediately following her disappearance.
When search parties began to organize, Grant was one of the first people to agree to join. He was caught on camera looking for the girl and his personal cell phone number was on the first batch of flyers showing Swainson’s photo.
During the initial search, investigators found blood in Swainson’s bedroom. It would be an additional seven days before sheriff’s office officials released that they suspected foul play.
Why is that? The amount of blood in Swainson’s room was not disclosed to the public. However, a sheriff’s office spokesman said the amount did not signal to investigators that the girl had been seriously harmed.
As the community rallied to search for Swainson, Grant participated—and was caught on news cameras—in searches across Richland County.
On Aug. 27, Grant was arrested on felony gun charges. This was his first arrest in South Carolina, though he was charged with possession of cocaine and illegal firearms in Florida.
Shortly after Grant was arrested, Elvia Swainson disclosed that Grant had a key but claimed he lost it, a sheriff’s office spokesperson told Patch. The key was found hanging from a lanyard near Grant's front door after a search warrant was issued on his Elgin home.
In the days since Grant’s arrest, his home, property and vehicles have been searched. Investigators are trying to locate anyone who may have hired Grant as a handyman. In the months prior to Swainson’s disappearance, Grant worked as a truck driver.