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Gabbiee Swainson, Missing Teen, Still Hasn't Been Seen

7:26 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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Gabrielle Swainson

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Thursday should have been 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson's first day of class at Ridge View High School.

Instead, it's another day of worry and waiting for her family and friends.

"[She was] looking forward to the start of school," says Gabbiee's mother, Elvia Swainson.

Since last Saturday, no one's seen the girl. Her mother expected to spend this week getting Gabbiee ready for class, but now she's handing out flyers to get the word out about her daughter's disappearance.

"More than 5,000 flyers," Elvia Swainson says. "Everybody knows her by Gabbiee, sometimes she will change it to Gabbiee."

Groups have been gathering every evening to knock on doors and hand out flyers with her picture. The sheriff's department and her mother don't believe she is a runaway

"If anybody does see her or know her whereabouts I am pleading," Elvia Swainson says. "This is not a game, this is not a game: this is someone's life."

A life full of playing the guitar, dancing, cheerleading, and just being a teenager.

"She made sure she would be coordinated every day," her mom says. "From the pocket book to the shoes to the hair."

From searches and social media pleas, the community and law enforcement are not giving up.

"We are in public education because we look at them like our own children when they come in," says Gabbie's principal at Ridge View, Dr. Marty Martin.

Martin says class must go on but that doesn't change how you feel.

"You have to put on that face even though you have those worries we are glad you are here we are going to have a great year," he says.

With day two of school around the corner and day seven of searching, Gabbiee's mom is praying for her only child's safe return.

"Maybe she is afraid to come home, I don't know but I want her to know that she can come home right now that is not even important... I just want you to come home."

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to Crimestoppers of the Midlands. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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