Group Searches for Gabbiee Swainson

2:53 PM, Sep 23, 2012   |    comments
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Gabrielle Swainson

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Sunday, members of the community went searching for any clues that can help investigators find Gabbie Swainson.

Swainson has been missing since August 18.

"When I first found out [about her disappearance] I was in disbelief, I could not believe it," said Sheryl Williams.

But as the days went on and no sign of the 15 year old, Sheryl Williams' disbelief turned into a reality.

"At night I am up thinking about her and her family," said Williams.

Williams and Lakeanlya McNeil are both mothers and wanted to do something to help law enforcement, so they went searching for any clues that could help find Gabbie.

"Some of my co-workers and I got together and instead of just sitting around talking about it, we wanted to put some footwork in it and go out and start searching for her," said McNeil.

McNeil says you hear about missing children in other states, but this time it hits close to home.

"I'm from Lugoff and it is close to home. I am very protective of my daughters right now after this; I am always outside looking for my girls, telling them they have to be in."

It's a tragedy that no mother wants to experience and Williams says all she can do is pray for the family.

"Even though I don't know her mother, I haven't talked to her, I am not a friend of the family but I want her mother to know that we are thinking about her everyday and we are hoping and praying just like she is that Gabbie will come home soon," said Williams.

"It has been more than a month now and I don't want people to forget about it. It's kind of quiet now and on my time off from work if I have to do something like going to go look for her that's what I will do," said McNeil.

It's a somber feeling that the community hopes will go away.

"I just feel sorry for her mother. The compassion I have for her mother and this case, I just wish we can solve it and get it behind us."

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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