Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Help Us Find Gabbiee Facebook page posted additional info about a Saturday morning search.
Help in the search to find Gabbiee Swainson this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. According to the Help Us Find Gabbiee Facebook page, organizers are asking volunteers to meet at the Restoration Life Ministries at 4280 Rhame Road. Organizers are asking volunteers to meet at that location to get details on where the acutal search will be.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Freddie Grant was indicted on federal ammunition charges.
Freddie Grant, the man accused of kidnapping Gabbiee Swainson, was indicted in federal court on charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to a US Attorney press release. If convicted, Grant could face 10 years in prison. However, if the court deems Grant an "armed career criminal," he could face a minimum of 15 tears and a maximum sentence of life in prison. To be considered an "armed career criminal," Grant would have to be convicted of three violent felonies or drug charges. At this time, Grant has past drug convictions in Florida.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Key criteria has to be met for the well-known notice to be sent out.
In categorizing how to release a photo of a missing person to the public, law enforcement must look at a series of channels and guidelines to determine what the most efficient route of disseminating information will be. For missing child cases, the most well-known method--aside from probably a face on a milk carton--is the Amber Alert. However, the search to find Gabbiee Swainson has yet to qualify for an Amber Alert. Take a look at the criteria recommendations set out by the Amber Alert website: In the case of the missing teenager, it was seven days before police ruled that there was evidence of foul play. Shortly after that, they arrested Freddie Grant, the man officials believe is responsible for taking Swainson. Even now, almost a …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Motorcycle, Social and Auto Clubs Community are hosting a cookout Wednesday night.
In an attempt to keep the momentum going for the search for Gabbiee Swainson, locals are gathering to eat together, according to a Facebook post. Stop by the Palace at 6920 North Main Street from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday for dinner. If you are interested in bringing food, call 803-997-0662.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A post claiming to come from the mother of the missing 15-year-old appeared on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.
A Facebook post got more than 900 "likes" by posting a letter claiming to be from Elvia Swainson, Gabbiee Swainson's mother. The post read as follows: I AM NOT QUITTING I AM NOT GIVING UP I AM CONTINUALLY GRATEFUL I am forever grateful for the overwhelming support and encouragement through the outpouring of love and prayers for my child’s safe return. These demonstrations/acts of love beginning with assisting me with search teams, churches holding special prayers, communities holding candlelight vigils, strangers allowing me to search areas, to notes, letters and cards, food, telephone calls, texts, emails, etc., etc., etc. is truly an inspiration. This powerful act of GOD truly warms my heart and strengthens my mind. GOD continues to show…
The attorneys for Gabbiee Swainson's accused kidnapper are asking for Sheriff Lott to stop talking publicly about the case.
Regular press conferences and media coverage have prompted the lawyers for Freddie Grant to seek legal action against Sheriff Leon Lott. Lott has been quoted in calling Grant a "monster" and that he sickens Lott. This attention has been picked up by national news outlet such as Nancy Grace. The request for a gag order cites Lott's quotes on Nancy Grace and coverage from The State, the newspaper reports. Lott recently brought evidence from the case into a press conference to show reporters. A keychain that contained a key to Gabbiee Swainson's front door was found in Grant's home, Lott said. If granted, a gag order would prevent anyone in law enforcement from discussing the case. Stay with Patch for updates on the status of the gag order.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
At a press conference, Sheriff Leon Lott showed a key that was found in Freddie Grant's home and opened the door to Gabbiee Swainson's front door.
From the start of the search for the missing 15-year-old, Gabbiee Swainson, investigators have said that there were no signs of forced entry to the home where Swainson was when she went missing. Now, Sheriff Leon Lott said that mystery was solved. A key found on a lanyard near Freddie Grant's front door fits the Swainson home, Lott said in a press conference Wednesday. Grant was doing some work on the floors in the Swainson home when Elvia Swainson gave him a key, Lott said. He later told Elvia Swainson that he lost the key. Lott, as well as Grant's sister, said Elvia Swainson was dating Grant at the time of the disappearance. Blood was found in Gabbiee Swainson's bed along with her DNA found at Grant's home, Lott said. Video from the …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
New details emerge as the search for the missing 15-year-old continues.
Gabbiee Swainson's blood was found on her bed and another place in her bedroom, Nancy Grace reported Tuesday night. According to Grace, investigators found this shortly after she was reported missing. However, they continued to say there was no evidence of foul play for almost a week after her disappearance. Swainson's DNA was found on some bloody duct tape in Freddie Grant's home, officials released earlier. Grant was charged with kidnapping after he allegedly took Swainson on Aug. 18. Cell phone records from her home confirmed that Grant took her to his home, Grace reported. Grant was also part of the initial search for Swainson. His number was listed on the flyers handed out with her photo. An attorney for Grant is seeking a gag order …
Grant's legal troubles in South Carolina are not his first.
Freddie Grant, the man accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson, was convicted in 1992 of possession of cocaine, felony carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest in Miami-Dade County, court records confirmed. The court docket stated that Grant was arrested on Jan. 29, 1992, and appeared in court on May 12, 1992. After the trial, he was credited for time served instead of further jail time. He plead not guilty to the charges and had to pay a $225 fine, according to the docket. Grant is originally from Homestead, FL, a city that falls in the Miami-Dade County jurisdiction. He was also charged with battery in 1988, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in 1990 and trafficking cocaine in 1991, but those charges were …
Monday, September 3, 2012
The phone number circulated on flyers of the missing 15-year-old included the number of the accused kidnapper, Freddie Grant.
As the first few flyers were printed out with Gabbiee Swainson's image, two numbers appeared at the bottom as a way to get in touch with the family of Swainson for anyone who didn't want to go directly to the police. After a background check, WLTX discovered that one of the phone numbers was that of Freddie Grant, the man arrested and charged with kidnapping the girl. Grant's family members told Patch that Grant was living with Swainson at the time. Grant was also part of the search shortly after the girl was reported missing.