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Gabrielle Swainson Missing For One Month

6:51 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Tuesday marked one month since Gabrielle Swainson disappeared from her bedroom.

"It's been 31 days and we still have people contacting us as of today. So we have teams running down these tips, running down these leads," said Sheriff Leon Lott.

There have been multiple searches, but no Gabbiee. Even with suspect Freddie Grant, 52, behind bars and hundreds of Crimestoppers tips, questions on Gabbiee's whereabouts have gone unanswered.

"We have other people here that look at those tips, they make sure that they get categorized and that we have people that are following up on them and then we make sure that's followed up, too. So we don't want to miss anything," Lott said.

Gabbiee Swainson, 15, has not only become a familiar face in Columbia, but across the nation. There are at least four "Find Gabbiee" facebook accounts and there's a "Find Gabbiee" hashtag on both Twitter and Instagram. Even Nancy Grace is talking about the missing teen. But Lott says social media an definitely be a rumor mill.

"Social media can help us out. It does get the word out. That's the positive side," Lott said. "The negative side is that people do talk about a lot of rumors and things that they think and they're not true and it does scare people."

Lott says the search efforts for Gabbiee are ongoing.

"Just because you don't see 100 people out here looking for her that's got uniforms on, doesn't mean that this is not something important to us. It is and we're continuing to actually work it. And we're not going to quit," Lott said.

Although a mont has passed time is not a determining factor on the search.

"There's no certain date we're going to say 'Oh, we give up,' or 'We're not going to look for her anymore,'" Lott said. "We haven't given up hope, Gabbiee's mother hasn't given up hope, I haven't given up hope. And we're not going to give up hope until we find her and bring her home," Lott said.

Anyone with information on where Gabbiee is 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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