Suspect Leads Authorities to Body of Missing Teen Gabbiee Swainson

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 05:14 PM

By Ken Mandel

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The search for abducted teenager Gabbiee Swainson ended Thursday after nearly a year, when the man who allegedly took her led police to her gravesite in South Carolina.

"This wasn't a 'whodunit,'" Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a news conference reported by 14 News confirming the body was that of 16-year-old Swainson. "Almost immediately we were able to determine Freddie Grant was the man responsible for kidnapping Gabbiee. The challenge was we couldn't find Gabbiee."

Grant was temporarily released from Kentucky federal penitentiary Thursday morning, and brought authorities to a wooded area near Elgin, S.C.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

"He's taken us there," Lott said. "He's told us. He's showed us."

Swainson, an honors student at Ridge View High School, disappeared from her home Aug. 18, 2012, while her mother was at work. Grant was always the only suspect. He had a key to Swainson's home because he once dated the victim's mother, Elvia Swainson.

Grant was arrested eight days after the girl disappeared for violating the terms of a previous conviction when police found shotgun shells and .38-caliber bullets. He was sentenced to 212 months.

Initially charged with kidnapping, Grant now faces murder charges, United Press International reports.

Lott told reporters Grant's cooperation was prompted when his 27-year-old daughter, Dominique Grant, was arrested and charged with accessory after she reportedly tried to throw away Swainson's cell phone at a Myrtle Beach grocery store.

"That was, I guess, the breaking point as far as to getting Freddie to lead us to where Gabbiee was at," Lott said, according to UPI. "So I don't want anybody to think he did this out of his conscience or he felt bad for Gabbiee or [Gabbiee's mother] Elvia or this community. He didn't do that.

"He did it solely because his daughter was arrested and she was facing some very serious jail time," Lott said. "That's what we needed."

The body was found near the Elgin Fire Department, and while that area had been thoroughly searched, authorities said the body was well concealed.

Swainson was positively identified at the Richland County Coroner's Office.

"Many, many people looked in the exact same place where we found her," Lott said, according to 14 News. "But the way she was concealed, you wouldn't know. The cadaver dog would not have been able to find it at the depth that it was," he said. "We just couldn't find it. There's just no way of finding it without someone taking us to that area and showing us.

"This has been 357 days of terror that Gabbiee's mother and family had endured, that this community had endured," said Lott. "It's not the way we'd have liked this to have ended. We'd have liked to have found Gabbiee and brought her home to her momma."

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

Nichole Cable Kidnapped, Killed By Would-Be Hero, Police Say

1964 Kidnapping Case Reopened, Returned Son Wasn't Right One

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Caramel Apple Deaths, Illnesses Spreading as Officials Issue Warning

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 13:09 PM

Prepackaged caramel apples have been blamed for five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states and now healt . . .

North Korea Sony: FBI, Obama Admin Officially Accuse Country of Hack

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 13:00 PM

The FBI and the Obama administration officially accused North Korea on Friday of perpetrating the massive Sony hack that . . .

Phoenix Police Chief Fired for Defying Orders, Holding News Conference

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:47 PM

Phoenix police chief Daniel V. Garcia was fired this week after defying orders from city manager Ed Zuercher and holding . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved