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Gabrielle Swainson: Missing teen from South Carolina Found

UPDATE:  The body of Gabrielle Swainson is believed to have been found.

Freddie Grant led officers to her body at 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to CBS affiliate WLTX.  She was found in a field about three miles from Gran’ts home.  The authorities had to excavate the site for several hours as Gabrielle’s body was in an approx. 5 foot grave. 

UPDATE – 2/8/13 – Freddie Grant, has been officially charged with kidnapping Gabrielle Swainson.  He is set to have a hearing on Friday but opted to waive his right to that appearance.

In January, a federal jury found Grant guilty of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Authorities found the bullets when they searched Grant’s home for Gabbiee.

UPDATE:  August 28, 2012 –  “A man who did yard work and dated the mother of a missing 15-year-old Columbia girl has been charged with kidnapping her after her blood was found on duct tape near his home,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. Investigators have confirmed that DNA belonging to Grant and Gabbiee was found on a roll of duct tape in Grant’s Elgin home.

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Grant is a suspect in the disappearance of Swainson and Adrianna Diana Laster, a 28-year-old who was last seen around Labor Day 2011.  Laster previously was Grant’s girlfriend.

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Gabrielle Swainson, 15, hasn’t been seen since her mother, Elvia Swainson,  left her in their two-story house at 221 Tamara Way in the North Crossing neighborhood in South Carolina on Saturday and went to work early, around 3 a.m., Richland County deputies said. When she came back around 7 a.m.  she heard her daughter’s alarm going off in her second-floor bedroom. But her daughter wasn’t in the house.

Gabrielle turned 15 in June, had just made Ridge View High’s junior-varsity cheerleading team, and she was excited to start her sophomore year of classes today, her mother told The State newspaper earlier this week.

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Robert Platts, 49, a neighbor who lives across the street from the Swainsons, said Elvia Swainson came to his house about 7:15 a.m. Saturday to ask if he’d seen her daughter.

Gabrielle’s purse and identification were still in the house. The only thing missing is her cellphone. There were no signs the Swainson house was broken into.

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