An arrest has been made in the disappearance of missing 15 year old Gabrielle Swainson. 52 year old Freddie Grant has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping of the South Carolina teen. Freddie Grant is considered a friend of the family. Gabrielle Swainson went missing on August 18, 2012.
Freddie Grant was a target in the investigation because he was a convicted felon. However, police became more suspicious when he refused to cooperate. Law enforcement searched Grant’s home where bullets were found that leading to a federal weapons charge. Additional searches uncovered his DNA and Gabbiee’s DNA on duct tape with blood on it found near his house. Authorities believe Grant forced the teen from her home in Columbia and took her to his home in Elgin, SC” Grant is being held without bail at the Lexington County jail.
Investigators charged Freddie Grant with kidnapping in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle “Gabbiee” Swainson after her blood was found on duct tape near his home, authorities said Tuesday.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 52-year-old Grant was a family acquaintance and did yard work for the Swainson family.
The sheriff was holding out hope that Gabbiee will be found alive, and more than 100 officers are combing through a junkyard across from the suspect’s home in Elgin on Tuesday looking for the missing teen.
“I haven’t given up hope of finding her and bringing her home. That’s what we’re operating under, that she can be found,” Lott said. “He’s only charged with kidnapping.”
The hope is that Gabrielle Swainson is still alive; however, it really does not look good.
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