Search continues for missing Columbia teen

Fifteen-year-old Gabbiee Swainson has been missing for four days.
Fifteen-year-old Gabbiee Swainson has been missing for four days.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It has been five days since 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson was reported missing from her northeast Columbia home.

Since then, Gabbiee's mother, Elvia Swainson, filed a police report, hired a private investigator, and continued to search on her own.

Hundreds of volunteers went door-to-door to homes and businesses to make sure people recognize and remember Swainson.

Drivers in the Summitt were getting stopped for a flier of information about Gabbiee.

"We're doing everything possible that we can think of to bring my baby home," said Elvia. "I believe she is still alive."

Elvia says she came home from work around 7 a.m. Saturday to Gabbiee's alarm clock going off, but no Gabbiee.

"I didn't see her in her bed. I panicked. I froze for a moment," Elvia said.

Elvia says her daughter would never run away from home. She didn't take her keys or her purse. The only thing missing is her cell phone.

"We've been calling and texting and at this point, nothing," Elvia said. "The phone is going straight to voicemail."

Elvia has been canvassing neighborhoods since Saturday.

"I'm on autopilot, I have to bring my baby home," said Elvia. "I look this way now, but at night I can't sleep. I'm driving around in my car yelling her name out."

While she's been looking for some sign of her only child, the community gathered in church to pray for Gabbiee's safe return.

Elvia's private investigator, Chandra Cleveland-Jennings, says every minute Gabbiee is missing matters.

"You better listen up. If you have a teenage daughter or a son and they go missing, it's usually classified as a runaway, and if you don't take matters into your own hands sooner than later, then your efforts may be in vain, and we just hope our efforts won't be in vain," Cleveland-Jennings said.

The Richland County Sheriff's department has been working this case as well. They say there are no signs of foul play. The investigator says she's checked all the social media sites and her computer, but have found no credible tips.

She is scheduled to start her sophomore year at Ridgeview High School on Thursday.

If you have any information that can help, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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