Mom: "I know without a shadow of a doubt, she would not run away."


By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "Gabbiee, Gabbiee, here's the phone. I said, 'I'm about to go to work," says Elvia Swainson, Gabrielle Swainson's mother.

Swainson says that the last thing she said to her daughter, around 3:30 Saturday morning.

But when she returned, just hours later, Gabrielle wasn't there.

Elvia called police.

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Gabrielle Swainson's case doesn't fit with a runaway.

"She wouldn't just runaway, she doesn't have the heart to be on the streets," says Swainson.

Gabrielle was last seen wearing pink and black pajamas and while sightings of her have come in, authorities have yet to find her.

Monday, Gabrielle's mom hired private investigator, Chandra Cleveland-Jennings.

She too would agree, this is not a runaway case.

"Her pocket book was still there with her charger for her phone in it and all the ingredients of her purse like her wallet and her credit card, everything is still there," says Cleveland-Jennings, Owner of Columbia Protective Agency.

In fact, the only thing she allegedly took is her phone, but it appears she isn't using it.

"You can see she texted like 1,200 times so far this month on her billing cycle and no text, no use of her phone at all," says Cleveland-Jennings.

Leaving her mom to fear the worst.

"I'm a trainwreck right now," says Swainson.

Elvia made this plea Tuesday afternoon.

"Please bring her, if you want to bring her to me, if you want to meet me somewhere, so I can get my duaghter, meet me somewhere. She needs to be back home safe and sound with me. I love her, I want her home, I need her here," says Swainson.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of 15 year old Gabrielle Swainson, you are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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Marie said on Thursday, Aug 23 at 1:59 AM

Basically she was old enough to stay home by herself.But if there is a custody dispute,someone might have interfered.Where is the biological father? I would start there.

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